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Why can't I view swf files?

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I have XP sp2 (1GB ram)and the latest IE browser. I have downloaded the latest version of Adobe flash player(ver. 9,0,124,0) Anytime someone sends me a swf file, it won't open in Incredimail. I then go to Outlook Express and it still won't open. On the internet in "The Weather Channel" website, it won't load the interactive radar map and states that I must install the Adobe Flash player to view the map.. Somehow, it doesn't recognize that I have the program installed. Anyone got a clue??

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adam pearce

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Have you installed shockwave as well as flash?

If I were you then I would uninstall flash through add/remove programs, then reboot.

Then reinstall flash, shockwave, java and quicktime (may as well get all the basics at once!) and see if that fixes the problem with the weather channel.

As for opening swf files, I'm not 100% as it has been a long time since I did that but I'm pretty sure it opens internet explorer and loads shows the file using the flash/shockwave plugin.

Another thought, do you have any toolbars? I have had times when they have stopped things working believe it or not. Get rid of any toolbars you have anyway, they're a waste of space (again through add/remove programs).

If none of that works you could try a reset of internet explorer - go to internet properties, click advanced, then click reset. Keep in mind that this will delete all your temp files, cookies and personal settings within Internet Explorer though.
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