Adobe Flash Player
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|Tested release||18.104.22.168 (32bit) or 10.3.183.90 for Plugin-based browsers (32bit)
10.3.183.90 for IE - AktivX
The Adobe Flash Player is software for viewing animations and movies using computer programs such as a web browser. The Flash Player is available as a plugin for browsers with NPAPI support (such as Mozilla Firefox, SeaMonkey, Opera) and ActiveX support (Internet Explorer and IE shells like Maxthon).
The last version officially supported on Windows 98/ME is 9.0.289 (05.October.2010). With KernelEx you can install up to version 10.3 and the version 11.1 for not IE browsers (Opera, Firefox). To install and run versions 11.2 - 14 see "Release notes Versions 11.2 and higher". More requirements than KernelEX are necessary.
Installation and running
(22.214.171.124 released 05.March.2012)
Use same instructions as below to install 10.1. The new Control Panel fails to launch in this version. Adobe has dropped the support for Internet Explorer 6 SP1.
System requirements of Adobe Flash Player 11 (not KernelEX)
2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks;
Microsoft® Windows® XP (32-bit), Windows Server® 2003 (32-bit), Windows Server 2008 (32-bit), Windows Vista® (32-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit);
Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 and above, Google Chrome, Safari 5.0 and above, Opera 11;
128MB of RAM (1GB of RAM recommended for netbooks); 128MB of graphics memory
The extended support release of 10.3 ended with 10.3.183.90 (11.June.2013). There will be no more security updates.
Use same instructions as below to install 10.1. The new Control Panel icon fails to launch in this version.
- 10.3.183.90 is the latest version for IE 6 SP1 Archived Flash Player versions. Try an older version, if you run into trouble.
Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 run-time (ATL.DLL to be precise) (try google or see Help:Contents) is required in order to start Adobe Flash Player installer. If it is missing the installer will exit silently.
To install version 10.0, see editing registry info to fake OS version.
System Requirements of Adobe Flash Player 10 (not KernelEX)
Windows 2000, XP(SP2 and above), Windows Server, Windows Vista;
Intel Pentium 450MHz, AMD Athlon 600MHz processor (for Windows);
128MB or higher Graphic RAM.
Internet Explorer 6.0/ 7.0, Mozilla Firefox 2.x/3.x, Opera 9.5 or later, Chrome 2.0 or later on Windows.
Flash content is not working or quickly crashes
Newer versions of Flash depend on newer processor features like SSE. There is no known workaround unless you upgrade CPU. This may affect pre-Pentium 4 processors.
The new Control Panel introduced with version 10.3 fails to launch. There is no workaround.
Release notes Versions 11.2 and higher
Plugin-based browsers (not IE):
The exe installer of all versions 11.2 and higher fails to run. link MSFN.
Error: The INSTALL FLASH PLAYER 32BIT.EXE file is linked to missing export ADVAPI32.DLL:ChangeServiceConfig2W.
Versions 13 and 14 - latest 126.96.36.199 (12.August.2014)
see version 12
Version 12 - 188.8.131.52 (11.March.2014)
For installation and running see versions 11.3 - 11.9. Successfully testet with Opera 10.63, 11.64, 12.02, Firefox 184.108.40.206, 3.5.19, 3.6.28 and PaleMoon 3.6.32. It fails in Opera 10.01 and 10.1 on player start. Firefox 4-9: Disable "Use hardware acceleration when available", if it runs horrible slow on player start. (Tools > Options > Advanced > General)
2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
128 MB RAM
128 MB graphics memory
Version 11.7 - 11.9 - up to 11.9.900.170 (10.December.2013)
It works with Kext and the additional entry in the Kstub822.ini "[Gdi32.dll] GdiAlphaBlend". See Kext topic posts 211,215 and 216. Precondition to install and run Flash 11.8+ is DirectX 8 better 9c (DinPut8.dll).
For the installation see below "11.3 - 11.6", too.
Versions 11.3 - 11.6
The msi of these versions installs with an error, but the plugin works, if the browser runs with comp. mode 2k or XP. Otherwise the browser runs with comp. mode default, rename NPSWF32_11_x_xxx_xxx.dll to NPSWF32.dll in the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MACROMED\FLASH folder.
The msi runs fine, if you install Kext and also you have to add the winhttp.dll (XP version) to the system folder. Kext supports ChangeServiceConfig2W (see post 6). The msi is in the packages on Abobe Archived Flash Player versions.
Alternative method to run 11.2 and higher (not IE):
The replacement of the NPSWF32.dll (C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MACROMED\FLASH) works as subsequent described with versions 11.2 - 11.6 (testet with Opera versions 10.1/10.63/11.xx; Firefox 3.6.28). It should work for higher versions, too.
Replacement of your old NPSWF32.dll with the latest version will work for the Opera browser but it does not work for Firefox 220.127.116.11 - it results in this error:
The plug-in performed an illegal operation. You are strongly advised to restart Firefox.
The error message can be dismissed, but it can come back a dozen or so times in rapid succession, and it will end with firefox 2 crashing.
This indicates that the last version of the Flash player that is compatible with Firefox 18.104.22.168 / KernelEx is 11,1,102,62.
This observation was made on a win-98se system running KernelEx verion 4,5,12,0.
But is can be made to run by setting each flash ".dll & .exe" file in
(C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MACROMED\FLASH with KernelEx set to Windows Xp sp2.
This does not work for IE, so you will have to use flash 10 for IE &
Flash 11+ for the others.
The msi and the exe of versions 11.2 fail.
Firefox 22.214.171.124 - Missing button "small and large player" - Be aware apart from the player isn't much to see on youtube website.
Firefox 3.x - The button doesn't work.
Workaround for the Flash Player IE AktivX - versions 11 - 14
Successfully tested up to 126.96.36.199 (08.April.2014)
MSFN Forum > Windows 9x Member Projects > Kext: DIY KernelEx extensions > post 247
The msi installation fails, but the necessary files will copied into the macromedia folder. Before you register the file "Flash32_13_0_0_182.ocx", you must set the compatibility mode to 2k or XP, otherwise the registration fails.
Run > regsvr32.exe Flash32_13_0_0_182.ocx
See the additional requirements of Plugin-based browsers (not IE), too.
Testet with IE6 SP1
Be aware IE 6 renders youtube website lousy and hardly usable.
Newer versions might work, too. Latest 188.8.131.52 (12.August.2014)
Known issues: Missing button "small and large player"
Flash Player 15 beta not IE
latest: 184.108.40.206 (27 August 2014)
testet: 220.127.116.11 - released 20.August.2014
Test procedure: Install it on XP or Vista to access the Flash files for ME/98. Flash folder (C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\MACROMED\Flash). Paste NPSWF32_15_0_0_130.dll as the case may be NPSWF32.dll into the plugin folder of your browser on 98/ME
For running see "Release notes Versions 11.2 and higher not IE".
Successfully tested with Opera 12.02, Opera 11.64, Opera 10.63, Firefox 9.0.1, Firefox 3.6.28, Firefox 3.5.19 and Firefox 18.104.22.168 .
New hardware requirements compared with version 11: 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended for netbook class devices), 512MB of graphics memory
Test system: 1GB RAM, 256MB graphics memory and Pentium 630 Prescott