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Is there way to allow non administrators to install adobe flash?  I'm have to constantly install adobe flash updates because our users do not have admin rights.  I tried to publish the adobe flash msi file in group policy.  However, when a non administrator tries to install this published app it says that you cannot install it because you don't have admin rights.  I am able to get adobe flash to install as an assigned app via group policy but I don't want to do it this way.  Thanks for your help.
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by:Experienced Member
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Other than the way you have described, there is no way I know of to instal Flash Player without being adminstrator. I usually turn off updates to Flash so it doesn't come up in normal work.
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You can use Privilege Authority for this.


http://www.scriptlogic.com/products/privilegeauthority/
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by:Donald Stewart
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and here are some of the rules that are used(including adobe flash)


http://privilegeforum.scriptlogic.com/rules-exchange.aspx
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by:Merete
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There is a small work around if you are up for it.
Swiff player is a stand alone flash player, give it to each of your users and they wont need to use adobe unless online.
http://www.globfx.com/products/swfplayer/
or Applian FLV Player
http://www.applian.com/flvplayer/
I have also noticed the frequent requests from Adobe for updates for it's flash player. Seem endless.
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by:pallab_sonai
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The flashplugin for browser is actually a single dll file (NPSWF32.dll). Exactly where it has to be placed depends upon which browser you are using, and where it is installed.
See: http://my.opera.com/tamil/blog/how-to-install-flash-player for Opera.
For firefox the path should be C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugins (source: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/internet/firefox/install-flash-plugin-manually-in-firefox-on-vista/ )
For IE it will be Program Files/Internet Explorer/Plugin
So, you can easily create a self extracting archive (SFX) or an installer to do this.
References: http://www.ehow.com/how_5052562_install-flash-player-administrator-rights.html
http://www.ghacks.net/2010/11/06/how-to-install-flash-player-without-admin-rights/


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by:drock1978
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i have not had time yet to look at these possible solutions but should have time this week.
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by:drock1978
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pallab_sonai, I followed the instructions from the ehow website on how to do this but I don't know how to download the archived Flash Player plugin from Adobe's website.  I can download flash as an msi or exe but I cannot figure out how to download it as an archived (xpi) file.  How do I do this?

Thanks for your help.
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by:pallab_sonai
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Is this what you are looking for?
http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/xpi/current/flashplayer-win.xpi
Otherwise, I think you can extract the exe using Universal extractor.
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by:drock1978
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Priveledge authority works great for allow non administrators to install adobe flash updates if you are using windows xp.  However, it does not work with Windows 7 because of the UAC I believe.  Does anyone know of a way to modify the priveledge authority rules so that it will work with Windows 7?  Thanks.
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