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Flash Player ActiveX addon missing when installing using the MSI installer

New Here ,
May 18, 2018 May 18, 2018

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My organization had ask for a .msi for IE, so we could do a silent install of the Flash Player. with the .msi provided install by Adobe we could do the silent install on the clients, but the addon is missing on IE so we can't make the application work. The "default" .exe adds the addon on IE, so maybe something on the .msi?

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Adobe Employee ,
May 18, 2018 May 18, 2018

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The MSI and EXE both deliver the same Flash Player payload.

Please provide the following:

  1. How exactly are you deploying Flash Player, using the MSI installer?
  2. What software deployment tool are you using?
  3. What operating system are the client machines running?
  4. What permissions (admin, standard) to the user's have on the client machine?

Thank you in advance.

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Maria

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May 28, 2018 May 28, 2018

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How to install Flash Player on Windows

In order to install Flash Player on Windows Server 2012 you need to install the Desktop Experience Feature. To do this, do the following:

  • Go into server manager.

Using server manager to install flash player on Windows Server 2012

  • Click add roles and features:​
  • Press next until you reach the “Features” page.
  • Tick the box “Desktop Experience” which is hidden under the “User Interfaces and Infrastructure” feature:Installing the desktop experience to enable Flash player in Windows Server 2012
  • You will then have to accept the installation of some other features to support the installation of desktop experience
  • The features are installed and the server is rebooted:Desktop Experience Feature being installed on Windows Server 2012 r2

Or if you prefer, you can install with the simple but so effective Windows Powershell command:

Install-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience

The reason I wanted to have access to Flash Player on this particular server was so that I could access the vSphere Web client, which uses flash. Hope this helps someone.

If you are looking for instructions on how to Install Flash Player on Windows Server 2016 – please follow this updated guide.

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