my system can't get Adobe Flash updates? Can I go to their site? what updates are needed?

A couple times this past week, I've gotten popups saying Adobe Flash updates are ready to be downloaded, I click download and then a message saying the update failed, connect to the internet and try again. Try again is my only option, since I'm already connected to the internet.
Can I go to the Adobe website and get the updates? which ones do I need?
I have Adobe Reader 8.
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ccareyCommented:
you can download the standalone installers here:
http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/142/tn_14266.html
Try installing flash 10 from the exe
 
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nickg5Author Commented:
Try installing flash 10 from the exe
...sorry, not sure what exe is................I'm not familar with abbreviations.
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nickg5Author Commented:
other than extension which confuses me on my question.
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nickg5Author Commented:
so installers and updates are the same?
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CyanBlueCommented:
You cannot go to the regular download site and install it from there???
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

CyanBlue
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nickg5Author Commented:
not sure if I have Flash.

Is it a part of Adbobe Reader 8.0?

I assumed, maybe incorrectly, that if I was getting popups telling me to download updates for Flash, that I had it.

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ccareyCommented:
ah ok - no Flash is not part of Adobe Acrobat Reader - it's a seperate product.

If you don't have flash at all, then just go here and follow the prompts (much easier)
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/




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CyanBlueCommented:
You probably were getting an update for Adobe Reader not Flash Player???

CyanBlue
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nickg5Author Commented:
no, I'm sure the popup was for Flash.

I've looked at Flash, what is it? If it does not play videos etc. I have no real use for it. I've gotten two popups on the updates over maybe 3 weeks. Maybe the popup was to offer me the Flash.

If you can tell me what is does and does not do, I'll add some points and close this thread.
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CyanBlueCommented:
Flash Player basically lets you play any types of SWF files on the web whether they are video, ad, game or application...

I suggest you go to the above link and download/install it...  ;)

CyanBlue
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nickg5Author Commented:
what are SWF files?
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nickg5Author Commented:
I've got Real Player, WMP, Quicktime Player and VLC media player already. And PowerDVD whatever that is.
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CyanBlueCommented:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWF

Did you try to install the Flash Player on your machine???

CyanBlue
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nickg5Author Commented:
did not download, I do not think I have a reason to use it. Not clear what is it for, despite the above definition.
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nickg5Author Commented:
adding points to accomodate extra comments, etc.
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