I always use the same way to install acrobat flash. I download the flash msi from adobe and run the update using the command line options:
MsiExec.exe /i "C:\temp\AutoInstaller\FLASHIE\full_flashplayer_win.msi" /qn
When running this command it installs version 18 which is fine, but does not uninstall any older version that was previously installed.
In the past when updating to a newer version using this method the older version would automatically be removed.
Is there a new command to update and remove rather than just installing the new version? Did something change?
What I do is that I have a startup script that looks at the version and if there is a new version download and installs it. In the past this was not an issue because it automatically remove the old version. I can use the WMIC to remove the old version, but then there could be a case of the script removing it, and the new version not installing correctly.
Thanks for your help!
Looks like you're experiencing the issue described in this bug,Bug#4035695 - 184.108.40.206 is not removing major earlier versions (like 17.x). If so, the previous version is indeed being uninstalled, however, the entry remains in the Control Panel. This issue is being fixed in an upcoming release of Flash Player and the bug will be updated when the fix is released.
If you're issue is different, please file a bug and post the bug number here so that we may investigate further.
Looks like version 19 came out today, and the same issue is happening. I have version 18 installed, and when I install version 19 it is not removing 18.
When you say "version 19 it is not removing 18" is it updating to version 19 but not removing version 18 from the Control Panel, or something else? Please be specific so that we can investigate accordingly.
When I install version 19, in control panel I have two versions installed, version 18 and version 19. I can manually remove 18, but in the past it would remove the previous version after updating the the current version.
When scripting the update, it much simpler if it would automatically remove the old version.
I have seen this today with the MSI update from 220.127.116.11 to 18.104.22.168 as well (Windows 7/8.1 x64). The previous major update from 22.214.171.124 to 126.96.36.199 did not show this behaviour.
I am using SCUP to deploy the Flash updates and did not see the duplicate Control Panel entries issue with any previous versions.
However, lab testing the SCUP update 188.8.131.52 to workstations with 184.108.40.206 leaves two entries in Control Panel. I verified the ActiveX was updated to 220.127.116.11.
Problems will arise for those using SCCM to measure Flash version.
Note: Adobe Flash Player 18.0 - Bug 4035695 shows as closed. What is the new Bug# for this specific issue? Please keep us updated on the fix. Thank you!
I am experiencing the same phenomenon as described above, tested in the lab on multiple O/S. Previous version seems to hang around, whereas previously it would be removed when a greater version is installed.
Please keep us posted.
We are seeing the same thing where the control panel shows versions 18 and 19 installed.
Is there an ETA for a new release that corrects this problem where the old version is not uninstalled when 18.104.22.168 is installed?
We too are holding back on pushing this to production until this is corrected - but if the fix from Adobe is not coming soon I may automated the removal of the old version prior to installing the new release.
I have a similar problem, when upgrading the Flash player V19 on Firefox / win7, I can still see V18 in the plugin list.
I had the same problem on previous versions of Firefox and Flash, and to solve it I had to manually remove folders and registry entries.
This is due to a mistake in the MSI installer. If you open the MSI with Orca for instance and check the Upgrade table, you will see that the VersionMin and VersionMax are incorrect: The below image is an example of the current 22.214.171.124 plugin installer, but the same appears in the ActiveX installer.
In the ActiveX version of the 126.96.36.199 installer, I changed the VersionMin and VersionMax to the following:
Save the changes, re-ran my package with some older versions showing in add/remove programs. The installer successfully removed the older versions and installed the new one.
Warning! the above is not MSI best practice as you are tampering with the vendor installer - but its really fixing a rather basic mistake. These errors are also in the prvious release, which would explain the same issues.
Come on Adobe, these are basic Windows installer best practices! Stop practising and get it right first time!
I noticed a slight hiccup with the Plugin installer, looks like a very old version of the plugin is rocking the boat - getting error that the version I'm installing is older than the one already installed! Please fix that one up as well.
Thanks, and good luck!
The fix will be included in the next scheduled monthly release... SO YOU'RE SAYING I CAN NOT PLAY MY GAME FOR A MONTHS????? so i loose all a months worth of gifts on this game i play because flash player will not in stall. if i have to wait a month i will be pissed off.. revert back to the old flash player atleast it was working fine till this 19v update.. i am not pleased with this issue, i use firefox browser 41.0.1
How would an installer issue prevent you from using Flash Player...?
I second pwillener question? How does this issue, with the MSI installer, prevent you from installing Flash Player and viewing Flash content? If you're issue is not the same as the issue in this thread, please start a new thread and provide the information as listed in this FAQ: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1195540.
Also, the 'next scheduled monthly release' is not months. Regularly scheduled monthly releases occur every month, on the second Tuesday.
Please ignore my previous comment.
You're issue, as you posted here Re: flash player manager is a 3 inch blank window and It does not proceed to install flash player, is completely unrelated to what is on this thread (MSI upgrade is not completely removing the previous version). Please do not post on unrelated threads as it creates confusion.
This issue (upgrade using MSI is not removing previous version from Control Panel) has been fixed in today's Flash Player (188.8.131.52) release.
I have confirmed that this is now fixed!
we have the same problem. I am using SCUP to publish updates and SCCM to deploy them.
The result is two versions in Control Panel / Programs and Features: 18 und 19 (ActiveX and NPAPI).
Please keep us updated on the fix. Thank you!