The first major update for Adobe Flash Player in Windows 8.1 brings a set of improvements that should take care of “not working” reports from users
Adobe’s Flash player is one of the most used pieces of software in the world and naturally, it is present on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, as well. However, some users have been reporting issues with it, as it was not working after installing Windows 8.1 for many of them. Now, more updates have been made available to solve most of these issues.
This was the first major update, Adobe Flash Player 11.9.900.149 Beta, and it also took care of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users, as it came with the following fixes:
- Windows 8 High DPI Displays – Corrects an issue where some content was not scaling with zoom changes
- Windows 8.1 Internet Explorer 11 – Corrects an issue where an initial button press was ignored
If you’re not sure what High DPI means in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, I recommend you to read this post as it contains a short video explaining it all, especially if you are a developer. However, as you can see, this is still a beta version of Flash Player for Windows 8.1 and Windows 8, so bugs and glitches are expected. Besides the changes for Windows 8 users, here’s what else is new in the update:
- Windows 7 – Corrects a problem introduced in 11.7.700.224 where Simple Chinese characters were displayed as a box or question mark on the AutoUpdate dialog
- Corrects an issue introduced in 11.8.800.94 where the layout of the AutoUpdate notification dialog was incorrect in localized languages
- Corrects a problem introduced in 11.9.900.4 that only affected the beta, where HTTP Live Streams would not buffer after an Ad insertion
- Corrects an issue where memory usage doubled with Trickplay mode enabled
- Windows – Corrects an issue introduced in 11.7.700.164 where the video was not rendering on some systems when using StageVideo with WMODE set to Window
- Multiple Stability Enhancements
Following updates have fixed new issues
Back in 2017 Windows fixed a security flaw which allowed some malicious software to be installed on computers. In case you didn’t download the latest version of Flash Player, we recommend you to check the log in this article and see what you can do in order to secure it.
One of the most encountered error: ‘Error loading player: No playable sources found’ can now be easily fixed by using one of these solutions. If you use the browser most often for video purposes, and you get this error, our solutions might be very useful.
December  Patch Tuesday added an important Adobe Flash Player update and fixed the issues that could reset the global settings preferences file. KB4053577 patch covered all Windows versions so all problems with Flash Player were solved.
Now that almost all browsers have Adobe Flash preinstalled, you can view Flash content without any problems. Check this article to see why you don’t need to Download Adobe Flash for Windows 10.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2013 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.