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    Default Can't install Flash Plugin, I'm not an administrator

    I had no trouble installing Chrome on my machine, despite the fact that I'm not, and likely won't ever be, and administrator on my machine here at the office. Now it seems that nearly every web site I visit wants to install the Flash plugin but then I try I'm told, "sorry, try again as administrator!" Why should this be since I didn't need to be in order to install Chrome!?

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    Chrome installs to a user folder, Flash does not, it installs to Program Files which requires administrator privileges.
    If you can find just the dll(s) you need for Flash, you can copy them to Chrome's plugins folder manually and it will work.
    However, I'm not on Windows, so I don't have it/them.
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    Thanks for the reply. Does Chrome ALWAYS install to a user folder? Or does it do that only if you're not an administrator? I guess Adobe builds the Flash installer so they decide where it will install. Surely there's not reason the plugin HAS to install where it does. I'll see if I can get the DLL's from an installation where I do have admin rights and try your suggestion.

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    thats alot information..........




    thanx for the post...........



    i have learned somthing about chrome...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfeezel View Post
    Thanks for the reply. Does Chrome ALWAYS install to a user folder? Or does it do that only if you're not an administrator? I guess Adobe builds the Flash installer so they decide where it will install. Surely there's not reason the plugin HAS to install where it does. I'll see if I can get the DLL's from an installation where I do have admin rights and try your suggestion.
    Yes, Chrome always installs to your user folder.
    I'm not sure if you can change where Flash installs in the installer, but I'm pretty sure it just does that for people with multiple browsers. But yeah good idea.
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    Default Finally success

    I was finally able to get the Adobe Flash player working in Chrome on the computer where I do not have admin rights.

    First I installed FlashPlayer on a machine where I do have admin rights. I then copied the files flashplayer.xpt and NPSWF32.dll from the Windows\System32\MacroMed\Flash directory to the C:\Documents and Settings\feezelr\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\Plugins directory on the machine where I don't have admin rights but have Chrome installed. Note that the Plugins directory did not exist, I had to create it. When I restarted Chrome, Flash worked!

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    Glad to hear you got it working. :] Thanks for reporting back with how, too. I'm sure someone googling the problem will find it useful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rfeezel View Post
    I had no trouble installing Chrome on my machine, despite the fact that I'm not, and likely won't ever be, and administrator on my machine here at the office. Now it seems that nearly every web site I visit wants to install the Flash plugin but then I try I'm told, "sorry, try again as administrator!" Why should this be since I didn't need to be in order to install Chrome!?
    Try the dev channel. It comes with flash:

    http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html?extra=devchannel

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