How to Update Flash Player Without Administrative Permissions

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How to Update Flash Player Without Administrative Permissions
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Adobe Flash Player allows you to play and navigate interactive content on the Web. Flash Player requires administrative rights for installation and updates. If the computer you want to update is your work computer, you most likely do not have administrator rights to update the existing version of Flash Player. Note that Internet Explorer will not allow you to install Adobe updates without administrator credentials. You will need Mozilla Firefox Web browser to perform this task.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Mozilla Firefox

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download the Flash Player plug-in for Mozilla. The file is titled as "flashplayer-win.xpi."

  2. 2

    Right-click "flashplayer-win.xpi" and select "Rename." Replace the file extension ".xpi" with ".zip." The new file name should now read "flashplayer-win.zip".

  3. 3

    Double-click the "flashplayer-win.zip" file to extract the files in the archive.

  4. 4

    Press and hold "Ctrl" key and single-click "flashplayer.xpt" and "NPSWF32.dll." Once both of these files are selected, press "Ctrl"+"C" to copy.

  5. 5

    Navigate to the following location: "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\Plugins" where "C:\" is the drive letter where Mozilla Firefox is installed.

  6. 6

    Press "Ctrl"+"V" keys to paste the files. Click "Yes" to confirm override of the files. Re-launch Mozilla Firefox browser.

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