Fixing issues leading to inability to play Flash™ videos in Windows®
What are the problems that prevent flash videos from playing in Windows?
Flash video is a video container format that is used to play videos over the Internet with the help of Adobe Flash software versions. There are different types of flash video formats and all of them encode the video and the audio into a file by making use of the same basic principles. Flash videos are used to store and play countless videos on streaming sites over the Internet and they have become highly popular due to the video quality that they offer at lower file sizes. This makes them easier to be loaded by a normal level web browser with the help of a connection with a reasonable bandwidth. Windows operating systems support Adobe flash software and they enable users to watch flash videos over the Internet with the help of supported browsers. The issue of flash videos not playing in Windows operating system can arise because of many reasons. Minor system errors, issues with flash software or their corruption, valid issues with the operating system, issues with the required codec etc are some issues that can lead to problems with the smooth playback of flash videos in Windows systems.
Discussed below are some points that can help users fix the issue of flash video not playing in Windows:
- Update Windows
- Reinstall player software
- Install updated codec pack
Windows users who are experiencing issues while playing flash videos are advised that they first update their OS. Updating the operating system can help fix all the issues as the bugs and the issues with the OS might be preventing the flash videos from playing properly. Updating the operating system also helps in resolving the compatibility issues which might be causing problems with the smooth playing of flash videos.
Reinstall player software
Some flash videos are not recognized by Windows Media Player by default and such videos need codec if they are to be played properly. Those who are experiencing valid issues are advised that they reinstall their Windows Media Player and the installed codec in order to fix all the issues that they are experiencing. Reintegrating Windows Media Player using 'Control Panel' and reinstalling the codec manually will help fix all the issues.
Users are advised that they install the most recent version of a recommended codec pack containing flash codec in their system and restart it to let the changes take effect. Installing a codec pack will help the users play different types of Flash videos that are coded into different formats by making use of the default media player in Windows. Users can get open source codec packs with Flash codec from trusted support websites on the Internet.
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