How to Fix Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer 7

By Kefa Olang

In Internet Explorer 7 (IE7), the Adobe Flash Player is a plug-in that allows you to watch multimedia content in your web browser. It allows you to view videos, animations and flash content from video sharing websites and personal websites. In some cases, you may have problems viewing media content. This is generally attributed to a damaged flash player. With a few troubleshooting steps and guidelines, fix Adobe Flash Player in your IE7 browser and enjoy your favorite media content.

Verifying Internet Explorer Security Settings

Step 1

Click the "Tools" menu in your browser and click "Internet Options" to launch the browser options.

Step 2

Click the "Security" tab and click the "Custom Level" button. A new dialog box launches.

Step 3

Scroll down the dialog box and locate the "ActiveX controls and plug-ins" section. Select "Prompt" under each of the following options: Download Signed ActiveX ControlsRun ActiveX Controls And Plug-ins

Step 4

Click "OK" and click "OK" again. Restart your browser.

Uninstall and Reinstall Adobe Flash Player

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" menu and click "Control Panel."

Step 2

Click "Uninstall a Program" under "Programs" if you are using Windows Vista or 7. This launches the programs window. Double-click "Add or Remove Programs" to launch the programs window if you are using Windows XP.

Step 3

Select "Adobe Flash Player" and click the "Remove" or "Uninstall" button to remove the application. Close and restart your web browser.

Step 4

Go to the Adobe Flash Player download page (see "Resources" section for link). Click "Get Flash Player and click the yellow "Agree and install now" button. Follow the guided prompts to complete the installation.

Step 5

Alternatively, you can reinstall the Adobe Flash Player from the Flash folder if you are using Windows Vista or 7. To do so, double-click "Computer" on the desktop and double-click the "C:" drive. Double-click the "Windows" folder and double-click the "System32" folder. Double-click the "Macromed" folder and double-click the "Flash" folder.

Step 6

Right-click the "FlashUtil10a.exe" (the number and letter at the end of the name depend on the version that is installed) and click "Run as Administrator." The install wizard launches. Close all applications and follow the guided prompts on the installation wizard to install Adobe Flash Player. When prompted, restart your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you are logged to your computer as the administrator to install Adobe Flash Player.
  • Disable pop-up blockers if you are still unable to view media content on the web.
  • Make sure your anti-virus or firewall program allows ActiveX applications to run. Refer to your programs documentation if you are unsure how to resolve this.