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How To Solve The Conflict Between Google Chrome and Adobe Shockwave Flash Player

This is now a known issue Google Chrome is suffering from, when it comes to displaying the Flash content on the web pages. You might be a victim too! By posting this, I am no way in a mood to criticize Chrome over the other browsers. (In fact, I'm a big fan of it!) But as it's our job to solve the minor "BUGS", we will continue to focus on this sought of bugs even if they are from the best software/apps around!

In fact, Chrome browser uses a different technique to display Flash contents on the web pages from the other browsers, say Mozilla Firefox. The other browsers use the Flash Player installation which is installed separately on the machine which is your computer. But, this is not the case in Google Chrome. Instead of using the native Flash Player installation that resides on your machine, Chrome uses the Flash Player which resides in it's own installation or directory.

So when something somehow go wrong, Chrome confuses itself as it can't decide which installation to use to display the Flash content on the web pages, whether to use it's own installation or to use the general installation which all the other browsers are using. And if this type of conflict occurs, chrome comes up with the following annoying message.

In the worst case scenario, it might hang up the browser that you may have to restart it to get it solved for a particular instant of time!

So, here is the permanent solution.
If you ever face the issue, follow the following steps.

First of all, move your cursor to address bar (or Omni Bar) and type chrome://plugins 

You will get the following window.

Now scroll down to the text where it is written "Flash (2 Files)".

Now from the top right corner, click on the "Details" button to expand the details.
As you click Details, you would see the detailed information of the two Flash Player variants with their installation location. Now, to resolve the conflict, we will disable the Chrome's internal Flash Player, and thus we are rather forcing Chrome to use the general Flash Player installation on your machine. This will, in most cases, will resolve the conflict.

To disable the Chrome's own installation, disable the Flash variant which is installed on Chrome's AppData directory, which can be diagnosed by the locan of the installation, which is already marked in the image.

In this entire process, as you are pointing Chrome to the general installation, the general installation of the Flash Player is expected to be of the latest version for the smooth feel of the web.

In general conditions, when the Chrome uses its separate Flash, it gets updated with every Google Chrome update. But in this method, as we are pointing Chrome to the general installation, Google Chrome update will no longer include the Flash updates, so the only drawback of the solution is that you need to update Flash manually. 

To check and download the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player just go to the site get.adobe.com/flashplayer
Rajat Patel

Rajat Patel

Founder at TheNextGeek.com. Software Engineer & Business Analyst by profession. Avid open source evangelist. Mostly writes about Technology that interests him, and some neat tricks to make your day-to-day tech life a breeze.

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