Adobe Flash Player not recognized in Explorer, what to do?

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Internet Explorer was once among the foremost web browsers, and it still retains a reasonably substantial user base.

Some Internet Explorer 11 users have stated that IE doesn’t recognize Adobe Flash Player even though they have installed the latest Flash version and enabled it in browser.

Consequently, website pages open in Explorer display blank boxes instead of Flash videos. That usually happens if Flash is not configured correctly, ActiveX filtering is on or if the flash.ocx file is corrupted.

These are a few resolutions that might fix Flash when your PC’s IE browser doesn’t recognize Adobe Flash Player.

Steps to fix Flash Player issues on IE

  1. Reset the Browser
  2. Turn off ActiveX filtering in Internet Explorer
  3. Add websites to compatibility view
  4. Reregister the Flash.ocx file

How can I fix my computer fails to recognize Adobe Flash Player?

1. Reset the Browser

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If you are using Internet Explorer and still cannot open Adobe after resetting the browser, then we think you should try Opera instead. It will do the job perfectly.

The moment you switch to Opera, in just a few seconds, you can have all your data imported and all your accounts synced.

Enabling Adobe Flash Player in the Opera browser is pretty simple. You need to type type opera://settings/content/flash?search=flash in the address field. Next, make sure that Allow sites to run Flash option is enabled, if not, enable it.

With the video pup-up functionality, we are sure that you will not have any errors playing videos. Moreover, you can keep browsing through the site while you video will remain open at the bottom of the page.

You can work, study, research and still listen to your favorite music. and if you want to stop the video from playing, all you need to do is click on the close button, since the video will be right there, on the page you are already.

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2. Turn off ActiveX filtering in Internet Explorer

  1. Press Type here to search button to open Windows 10’s search box.
  2. Enter Internet Explorer in the search box and select to open that browser.
  3. Then click the Tools button to open the menu in the snapshot directly below.
  4. Select Safety and click ActiveX Filtering if it’s ticked to deselect it.

Adobe Flash Player is an ActiveX control in Internet Explorer 11. Enabling ActiveX Filtering in Explorer turns Flash Player off. As such, switching ActiveX Filtering off, if it’s on, will probably ensure that IE recognizes Flash again and displays its video content on webpages.

3. Add websites to compatibility view

  1. Open the website that doesn’t display the Flash content in Internet Explorer
  2. Click the Tools button in IE.
  3. Select the Compatibility View settings option to open the window in the snapshot directly below
  4. Click Add to add the website to Compatibility View.
  5. Select the Display intranet sites in Compatibility View option.
  6. Select the Use Microsoft compatibility lists setting, and click the Close button.
  7. Then restart your IE browser.

4. Reregister the Flash.ocx file

  1. Right-click the Start button to open the menu below.
  2. Select Command Prompt (Admin) to open the Prompt.
  3. Enter regsvr32 c:windowssystem32macromedflashflash.ocx in the Command Prompt.
  4. Press the Return key.
  5. Click OK on the RegSvr32 dialog box that opens.
  6. Restart your desktop and or laptop.

One, or more, of the above resolutions, will probably fix Flash Player in your Internet Explorer browser.

Aside from those fixes, make sure that your IE browser has had all the latest updates, which you can do by clicking Check for Windows updates now on this page. In addition, you could also try uninstalling and reinstalling Flash as covered in this post.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2018 and was updated and revamped in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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