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Adobe Flash, Shockwave, and Oracle Java on XP (Part 2)


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Just an off-topic note, not relevant to XP, but I just updated my Firefox on Windows 10 to version 85, and all support for Flash has been removed, so it doesn't even recognise the plugin any more.
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2 hours ago, Dave-H said:

I just updated my Firefox on Windows 10 to version 85, and all support for Flash has been removed, so it doesn't even recognise the plugin any more.

E.g. https://www.zdnet.com/article/firefox-85-removes-flash-and-adds-protection-against-supercookies/

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 Mozilla has released today Firefox 85 to the stable channel, a new version of its beloved browser that removes support for the Adobe Flash Player plugin <snipped>

 The removal of the Flash plugin comes after Mozilla announced its intention to drop Flash in July 2017 as part of a coordinated industry-wide Flash deprecation and End-of-Life plan, together with Adobe, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook.

 The EOL date was set to Dec. 31, 2020, a date after which Adobe agreed to stop providing updates for the software. Firefox now joins Chrome and Edge, both of which removed support for Flash earlier this month with the release of Chrome 88 and Edge 88.

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....The PotPlayer update removes support for Flash playback; support required Adobe Flash on the system, and since this is no longer supported, PotPlayer has support for playing SWF files removed from its core....

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/29/first-potplayer-2021-release-removes-flash-playback-support/

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I've now put some hopefully useful links in the first post.

Any that are not appropriate (or wrong!) and any further suggestions for additions, please let me know!

Cheers, Dave.
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The HP Solutions Center software for HP Printers was built using Flash. I have run into a situation where that software will generate an error in Event Viewer saying that you need to reinstall the software after upgrading the OS! This gets written when that software is set to load at boot. If you try to open the software, it will just show the Flash killswitch image. HP has not released any other version that doesn't have Flash in it, so it basically has ended support for this. In the situation I had to deal with yesterday, it was on Windows 8.1 and it was actually not possible to print until the software was uninstalled.

https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Printers-Knowledge-Base/HP-Solution-Center-not-working-Adobe-Flash-Player-Error-and/ta-p/7946145

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Have you tried using the Flash files with the time bomb removed?
They're still working fine for normal browser Flash operations, and running Flash screen savers.
How they would work with a piece of software which relies on Flash outside the browser I don't know, but I imagine they would.
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I wasn't even going to attempt that type of fix. The owner of the computer is not savvy enough to understand how it works, it would just result in more phone calls tbh.

Besides, they were not using any of the advanced functions. They just print and scan, and that can be done without having the HP software installed.

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I looked up that "Flash killswitch image" since i can't run the latest Flash versions and haven't seen it... and stumbled upon this patcher. Thought it could be useful for someone. Unfortunately, it's made for .NET 4.5 and won't run on XP...

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There are instructions for patching the XP files if you have access to a Windows 7-10 machine.
Basically, patch the files on that machine and then copy the patched versions back to the XP machine!
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