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With the availability of the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer, 64-bit add-ons may be required. I'll look at what to do when they're not available.
I have a one-and-half year old HP Pavillion dv7 laptop, running Windows 7 Home Premium on a 64-bit processor.More and more sites are requiring the latest Adobe Flash Player, version 10, which is only available for 32-bit processors. Is there any way that the new Flash player can be installed on my Devil's instrument? Will it become available for 64-bit within my lifetime?
To be honest, I have no idea if it'll be available in either of our lifetimes. As I write this, it certainly is not.
These days, my guess is that Adobe is (rightfully) prioritizing improving the security of not only Flash, but of other vulnerable technologies as well. They've suffered from a rash of exploited vulnerabilities in recent months.
I suppose that 64-bit Flash will be available someday. Eventually. Probably.
But it doesn't really matter today.
You can start using the Flash player on your system right now.
I too have a 64-bit system and I run it all the time.
There are three things at play here:
The fact that your computer has a 64-bit processor is actually somewhat beside the point. Yes, a 64-bit processor is required to run 64-bit applications, but that doesn't imply that you must have 64-bit applications.
What matters more is the version of Windows that you're running. It's perfectly acceptable to run the 32-bit version of Windows on your 64-bit processor. In fact, there are some scenarios where it's actually the right thing to do. But if you're already running Windows 64-bit, this is not something that you need to change.
Most importantly, you can run 32-bit applications in 64-bit Windows. Most 32-bit applications just work. In fact, I'm willing to bet that you're running a bunch of them right now - not all applications have 64-bit versions and they still just work in Windows 64.
On 64-bit versions of Windows, two versions of Internet Explorer are included: a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version.
At this writing, if you run the 64 bit-version, you will probably not be able to run Adobe Flash.
So run the other version.
Run the 32-bit version of Internet Explorer; not only will it work just fine, but you'll find that any add-ons and extensions that were not yet available in 64-bit form will once again work as well.
Including Adobe Flash.
To be honest, I think Microsoft made a mistake by including the 64-bit version at this time. I know of no practical benefit from running it.
I should know - I run FireFox, a 32-bit application, and watch Flash videos all the time.
If you're running Windows 64-bit version and you're curious as to which applications are 32- or 64-bit, here's a quick way to tell. Grab Process Explorer and make sure that it's displaying the "Image Type" column.
I think that you'll be surprised at how many 32-bit applications - including some components of Windows itself - are still running in 32-bits. That's not really a problem because most wouldn't derive much benefit from being 64-bit anyway.
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