IE 7 won't play SWF files

Posted on 2008-10-28
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Last Modified: 2013-12-08
I am trying to play a SWF file in IE7(XP SP3) from the locat C drive. I enter c:\test\.swf into IE7, the progress bar at the bottom goes white for a second or two but when it is finished IE7 only displays a white page. This same file plays properly in Firefox and Safari. I have uninstalled Flash player and reinstalled it but the results are the same. Any ideas what settings I need to change?
Question by:mpdillon
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Hi there,

Have you uninstalled / reinstalled your IE flash?
What about shockwave? install/uninstall process?

or use the follo1wing:

manually uninstall the ActiveX control
Quit Internet Explorer, if it is open.
From the Start menu, choose Search> Files or Folders and search for flash.ocx (if you are removing Macromedia Flash Player 6) or swflash.ocx (if you are removing Macromedia Flash Player 5 or earlier).

Note: The name of the ActiveX control changed with version 6 to "flash.ocx". See Windows XP error installing Macromedia Flash Player ActiveX control (TechNote 16178) for details.

Note the path to the file. The path is typically:
C:\Windows\System\Macromed\Flash on Windows 95, 98 or WinME;
C:\WinNT\System32\Macromed\Flash on Windows NT or 2000;
C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash on Windows XP.

If more than one copy of the file is found, note the paths to all copies of the file.
Select Start> Run.
In the Open field, enter the following command:

regsvr32 {path} \ {filename} /u

Replace {path} with the path to the filename noted from step 3.
Replace {filename} with the filename noted from step 2.

For example, if you're uninstalling the Macromedia Flash Player 6 ActiveX control on Windows 2000, the path would be:

regsvr32 C:\WinNT\System32\Macromed\Flash\flash.ocx /u
Click OK. You should get a RegSvr32 dialog box stating that the executable succeeded. If it failed, double check the path and file name for your system.
Select Start> Find Files or Folders and enter flash.ocx (if you are removing Macromedia Flash Player 6) or swflash.ocx (if you are removing Macromedia Flash Player 5).
Right-click on the found file and choose Delete from the context (right-click) menu. If more than one copy of the file exists, delete each one.
Search for swflash.inf using Windows Find utility (Start > Find > Files or Folders). This file is used during the installation of the Macromedia Flash Player ActiveX control.
Right-click on the file and choose Delete.
Restart the machine.

Best regards...
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Accepted Solution

jcimarron earned 2000 total points
ID: 22825135
mpdillon--Concerning c:\test\.swf see here
Maybe do not worry about that test.
But your main concern probably is to play .swf files.  What happens if you just click to play the .swf file? Error messages?
You can  test your Flash and Shockwave installations here
Do you have the latest?  Flash is up to v10 and Shockwave is up to v11.
Is this something new?  If so you could try a System Restore to a date prior to the problem starting.
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Expert Comment

by:Gyanendra Singh
ID: 22825211
Try toggling the option

Allow active content to run on files in My Computer*

(in Options, Advanced tab, Security section)

Note that the asterisk means that a restart of  IExplore.exe  is required
before any testing of the new setting will be valid.

FWIW  no  .swf  files work either locally or via direct URL for me
unless that option is  _unchecked_.    This seems backwards
to me according to the label of the option but seems to make
a bit more sense under the covers in relation to a ControlFeature
called  LocalMachine_LockDown.
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jcimarron has the right start...After that BondinASP...Mine may be later than my friends...

Best regards...

Author Closing Comment

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Going to the adobe.com/shockwave/welcome page fixed the problem.

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