Shockwave Flash or SWF is a file format that is used to embed animated or flash-based movies in websites. These can be found embedded in websites that make use of animated slides, ads or games. If you find that you are not able to play a specific SWF object in a web page, you may try out the troubleshooting tips provided here. These steps would help you understand how to fix Shockwave Flash without having to reinstall or change your current web browser.
Enabling Shockwave Flash Object
- Open the Start menu and click on the All Programs Locate the Internet Explorer icon and click on it. Alternatively, you may also double click on IE’s desktop shortcut to open it.
- Click on the Tools menu from the main menu bar and select the Manage Add-Ons
- You will be provided with a list of Add-Ons. Locate Shockwave Flash Object, which you will find in the Disabled
- Now, click on the button labeled Enable.
- Next, select the Update ActiveX
Restart the Internet Explorer browser now. Try accessing the web page that has the Shockwave files. The SWF file should be able to load without issues now.
Installing Shockwave Player
- Go to the official website of Open the download page to find the download link for Shockwave setup.
- Click on the Download button and save the installation file to any folder.
- Open the installation file by double-clicking on it.
- In the window that pops up, click on Agree and Install now.
- Click on Finish once the installation process is over.
Restart the web browser as before and check if the web page is able to load. The web page would work now if the issue was caused due to a missing or corrupt Shockwave Player.
Using Windows Flash Player 10.1 ActiveX Control Content Debugger
Go to the Adobe Flash Player Support Center web page.
- Click on the link labeled Download the Windows Flash Player 10.1 ActiveX control content debugger (for IE) that you see under the subheading
- Click on the Run button once the dialog box opens up. Follow the prompts that appear to complete the installation procedure.
- Restart the Internet Explorer web browser now and access the specific web page.
These are the three common troubleshooting steps that explain how to fix Shockwave Flash issues. Check for updates concerning the add-on and install them periodically to prevent such issues in the future.