Many of the comments on my blog lately have been from people who are running into issues with their Flash Player installation. I’m glad you can at least find me, so I thought it would be useful to point you to some Adobe resources that you should start with if you are finding your system in a bad install state.
Checking your player version
If you want to check your current player version, go here. You will have to do this in each browser you use, because the Internet Explorer (ActiveX) plugin is different than the one used for Firefox. This page also contains a table that will tell you the latest version for your operating system so you can be sure you have the most recent version that includes any security updates.
Resources in the Flash Player Support Center
We have a number of installation technotes that can help walk you through fixing your issue. A good one to start with is the Common Adobe Flash Player Installation Issues Technote.
But if these resources really aren’t helpful, or you they simply don’t resolve your issue, we offer free email-based installation support for the player.
Some sites are telling me I need to get Adobe Flash Player, but I thought I already had it installed?
There are a few cases where the player *is* actually installed correctly but it seems like it isn’t. One of them is when a website is detecting a specific version because their content requires a particular version or higher — but their detection is a little off. For example, a website might require Flash Player 8 to view it and so it checks for that version. But it might not have been written to handle the case when Flash Player 9 is available! You can either email the webmaster of the site, or you can send it to us and we’ll contact them.
Another issue that sometimes occurs is that the Internet Explorer ActiveX is installed but only partially registered for some reason, in which case sites will detect a player installed but no Flash content displays. Possible issues and resolutions are also covered in the Common Install Issues technote here, and can often be fixed by uninstalling and reinstalling the player.