How to view (open) .swf files on PC with XP pro SP3.

I have Adobe Flash Player 10  Active  X;  Flash Player 10 Plugin and Adobe Shockwave Player 11.5 installed on my system.  I am not able to access these programs to open .swf files using  "Open With".

How can I veiw the .swf files on my Windows XP Pro PC?

rwhIIAsked:
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IanThCommented:
does it work if you open any of the applications and open the .swf from within that application
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Domme2812Commented:
You can open it with your webbrowser, e.g. Internet Explorer
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Bryan ButlerCommented:
Maybe it's a version issue.  Do you get an error?

http://www.webresourcesdepot.com/learn-the-version-of-a-swf-file-swfversion/
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rwhIIAuthor Commented:
Although the aforementioned applications are listed in Contrtol Panel add/remove applications, they do not appear in my programs listings.  Hence, I am not able to opent the applications in order to attempt to open the .swf files from within the programs.  The .swf files are part ot the ACDSee Pro 3 photo file application.

Ther must be something else at play here.
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rwhIIAuthor Commented:
Internte explorer, ver 8.0.600.1872 will not opent the .swf files.  Internet Explorer opens but the screen remains blank.  In all attempts, I have not received any error messages
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IanThCommented:
check in file type to see what .swf is linked to
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CyanBlueCommented:
The only way I can think of is to download the debugger version of the Flash Player and have it associated with the SWF file...
   http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/142/tn_14266.html

CyanBlue
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rwhIIAuthor Commented:
As listed in file types, the .swf file types are linked to "Shockwave flash Object".

I errored earlier in that I do get an error message when I attempt to open the .swf files by double clicking on them:
 
"Windows cannot open this file:  
File:  View Mode .swf

To open this file, Windows needs to know what program created it.  Windows can go online to look it up automatiocally, or you can manually select from a list of programs on your computer....."

I have repeated downloading "Adobe flash player" and get an installation completed message.  The program is listed in control panel but not in my programs list and not in the list of programs presented when given a option list of programs to "Open With".

I haven't tried uninstalling and them reinstalling the programs yet but will try that next.

I did down load and extract the zip file.  I got a folder, "fp10_debug_archive"  It extracts into six folders and a readme file.  I'm not sure what to do with the supplied files.

Thank you for your input.
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CyanBlueCommented:
What is your end goal???  Are you trying to double click on a SWF file and have it loaded into a web browser or into a standalone Flash Player???

If latter, you can download this one since it is the latest one...
   http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/installers/archive/fp10_debug_archive.zip

Unzip that file and place the 10r45_2/flashplayer10r45_2_win_debug.exe file into C:\ and associate the SWF files with this EXE file...

CyanBlue
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rwhIIAuthor Commented:
CyanBlue,

Thank you, that took care of it.  My  goal was to open the files in a local viewer.
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CyanBlueCommented:
Glad to hear, rwhII...  Please close the topic if you think your question is answered...  ;)

CyanBlue
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