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Are Adobe Flash Player Plugin and Adobe Flash Player 9 ActiveX the same thing?

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We're trying to upgrade machines that are running older versions of the Adobe Flash Player to 9.0.124.0.  A quick trip to Adobe's site gets you a downloadable file called "install_flash_player.exe."  When installed, it appears in Add/Remove programs as, "Adobe Flash Player Plugin."  On our images, we have used an msi provided by Adobe called install_flash_player_active_x.msi and when installed is displayed as "Adobe Flash Player 9 ActiveX" in Add/Remove Programs.  The only difference (besides the name) that I can find is that with the .exe, it also includes an "upgrade reminder" function that lets you know when there is a new version available.

Are these two packages really doing the same thing? and If the ActiveX (.msi) version is installed, will installing the Plugin (.exe) version effectively upgrade Flash on the machine?  I want to be sure that if a machine has the 9.0.115.0 version of the ActiveX (.msi) and we install the Plugin (.exe) of the 9.0.124.0 version, that it will be an effective upgrade.  Any feedback on this would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!

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by:jcimarron
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CAHexpert--Adobe has problems writing understandable English.
I think the .msi and .exe files will end up installing the same thing--an ActiveX control plus a Plug-In (which may be the same thing as the Control). I am sure I will be corrected shortly if in correct.
The Player .msi files are much larger than the .exe files and are packaged with an installer and are only for Internet Explorer.  There are .exe files for other browsers. I do not believe one is an update for the other.
In any event the latest version for IE is  9.0.124.0
See the very last post here
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Miscellaneous/Q_22151337.html
http://www.softwarepatch.com/internet/flash.html
http://www.appdeploy.com/packages/detail_pf.asp?id=624
http://wpkg.org/Flash_Player
And if you have v9.0.115.0  installed on an IE PC you should uninstall it before updating to minimized corruption.  http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=tn_14157&sliceId=2
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by:CAHexpert
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Hypothetically, say I had a machine that had the 9.0.115.0 version of the msi activex plugin package installed.  If I install the exe (plugin) of version 9.0.124.0, will the machine use the newer version of flash and ignore the older version of the activex plugin?
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CAHexpert--It should and the new version should overwrite and eliminate the old.  I usually remove the old (with the uninstall tool) before installing the new just to minimize chances of corruption.  That may not be necessary, since the normal Flash page offers an Install (not even a download) with no option to remove a prior version.  http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash
Also read the whole page on http://www.softwarepatch.com/internet/flash.html
The implication is that you need a different program to be able to read flash content in downloaded files as opposed to only reading web pages.  Once again, with Adobe's inability to communicate clearly, it is not certain this is the case.  I downloaded the link to the combined Shockwave/Flash offered on that page.
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Thanks for your help!
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