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There is a canned uninstall that can be found at
http://www.macromedia.com/cfusion/knowledgebase/index.cfm?id=tn_14157

You can use a /s to silently uninstall the ActiveX plug in. Much easier than scripting it.

uninstall_flash_player.exe /s
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Hi,

A gentle reminder that redistribution of Flash Player is restricted by the EULA unless you license the installer from Adobe.

We have an automated online licensing process and it is quick. You will immediately receive a bounceback email that confirms your license and provides a link to the download page. The Go URLs posted here in the forum link to the licensed installers (and technically shouldn't have been reposted).

Please complete the online licensing form before redistribution so that you have the confirmation for your records.

http://www.macromedia.com/licensing/distribution/

Thanks,
Emmy Huang
Product Manager, Flash Player
Adobe Systems, Inc.
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Taken from http://www.macromedia.com/go/tn_14157:

How to uninstall the Macromedia Flash Player plug-in and ActiveX control

Due to recent enhancements with the Flash Player installers, you are now only able to uninstall by using the Macromedia Flash Player Uninstaller (below). To uninstall Flash Player simply download the appropriate uninstaller for your system and follow the instructions listed below.

Macromedia Flash Player Uninstaller

Download the Macromedia Flash Player Uninstaller:
Flash Player 8 uninstallers
Windows: uninstall_flash_player.exe (178K)
Mac OS X: uninstall_flash_player_osx.dmg (278K)
Flash Player Archived uninstallers
Mac OS 8.x, 9.x: uninstall_flash_player.hqx (33K)
Save the file to your system, choosing a location where you can find it (for example, your Desktop). Macintosh users may need to open or unstuff the hqx file.
Close your browser completely.
Run the uninstaller. This will uninstall Macromedia Flash Player from all browsers on the system.
Note: The uninstaller can not uninstall files currently in use.

If you have any instances of the player open in your web browsers, instant messaging clients, stand-alone SWFs or projectors, for example, the uninstaller will complete but some files may not be deleted. If this occurs, you may close all your applications and run the uninstaller again to ensure all files are removed.

Last updated: 2006-3-14
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To silently install the IE Active X plugin (with the basic progress dialog):

install_flash_player_active_x.msi /qb

To silently install the Netscape/Firefox/Opera plugin (with no visible progress dialog - couldn't find an option to show basic dialog):

install_flash_player.exe /s

I previously downloaded a 4MB "install_flash_player_plugin.msi" but this turned out to be useless. It wouldn't install Flash 8 for IE, Netscape, Firefox, or Opera. It says it install Flash 8, but doesn't work. Make sure you download the MSI with "active_x" in the name (for IE) or the EXE file otherwise.
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Macromedia Security Configuration file

The primary purpose for the Macromedia Security Configuration file (mms.cfg) is to support the corporate and enterprise environments where the IT department would like to install Flash Player across the enterprise, while enforcing some common global security and privacy settings (supported with installation-time configuration choices).

The file is located in the Macromedia Flash Player folder within the system directory (for example, C:\Windows\system32\macromed\flash\mms.cfg on a default Windows XP installation).

When Flash Player starts, it reads its security settings from this file, and uses them to limit functionality.

Guess this is the one we need:

AutoUpdateDisable=[1,0] (0 = false, 1 = true)
If this is set to 0 (the default), Flash Player
Player disables auto-update.

Excerpt from:
http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/flashplayer/articles/flash_player_8_security.pdf
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According to Macromedia Support, the mms.cfg is also backward compatible to version 7 of the Windows Flash Player.

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Configuring Flash Player auto-update notification:
http://www.macromedia.com/cfusion/knowledgebase/index.cfm?id=16701594
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UPDATE: Previously there was a warning here not to install the Flash 8.0.24.0 MSI file through Group Policy Software Installation or SMS 2003 due to an issue with silent uninstallation. This has now been resolved, along with the other issue involving restricted users running Flash, in the latest 8.0.24.0 MSI available from the Macromedia website, digitally signed with a date of 31 March 2006.

On the Macromedia.com forums there are also instructions as to how to fix your systems if you have already installed the bad version of the 8.0.24.0 update.

NB You may need to have the Macromedia Flash Player forum already open in your web browser for these links to work properly.
Macromedia.com thread on GP uninstall issues
Macromedia.com thread on restricted user issues
Macromedia.com thread on the issues being resolved and how to fix bad installations
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Mod for successful GPO Deployment
(Using InstallShield Editor)

1. Disable the custom action "RemoveFilesCA" by changing "Install Exec Sequence" to "Absent From Sequence"

2. Create a new custom action VBScript stored in the custom action. This new custom action should execute "After ISSelfRegisterFinalize". Use the following code:
Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
fso.DeleteFolder "C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash", True

This new custom action will successfully remove the flash folder where as the other custom action would fail when the GPO is unlinked in Active Directory. Now your GPO will install AND uninstall correctly.
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After days of fighting with this, I finally found a workaround to install this successfully via SMS, *while a non-admin user is logged in to the desktop*. In my environment, this ability is a must.

First and foremost, what I am doing probably violates the Macromeda/Adobe distribution license agreement since you must modify the file install_flash_player_active_x.msi. However I consider the ability to install while a normal user is logged in as fixing their broken installation. Also keep in mind that this will break the install for NT4, should work okay on 2K, tested on XPSP2.

First, edit install_flash_player_active_x.msi with the editor of your choice. Find the InstallExecute sequence and remove the action "EngineStartup.4F635B62_07BF_4779_B74E_D80C29D508E3"

This action installs and updates the InstalLScript 10 engine, every time you run the MSI. Save the MSI package.

After this, you need to get a copy of ISSCRIPT10.MSI (visit this site for a download link http://consumer.installshield.com/kb.asp?id=Q108322

Edit this MSI and find the registry key HKCR\AppId\{24D495A5-A174-4945-819D-CF294600C500}\RunAs. Change the value of this registry key to "" (it should start as "Interactive User". This will change the DCOM configuration of the InstallShield scripting engine to use "Launching User" context rather than "Interactive User" context, which is what makes the installation fail when a non-admin user is logged in to the desktop.

If you already have ISSCRIPT10.MSI installed on your PC, then I recommend using this VB code in a script to cleanup and change the DCOM settings:

Sub FixISDCOM
Const HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT = &H80000000
strComputer = "."
Set objReg = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\default:StdRegProv")
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_DCOMApplicationSetting",,48)
For Each objItem in colItems
If objItem.Description <> "" Then
arrFind=Split(objItem.Description)
For i=0 To UBound(arrFind)
If lcase(arrFind(i))="installshield" then
strKeyPath = "AppID\" & objItem.AppID
strEntryName = "RunAs"
strValue = ""
objReg.DeleteValue HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT,strKeyPath,strEntryName
End If
Next
End If
Next
End Sub

This will iterate through the DCOM objects, find every instance referring to the InstallShield InstallDriver object, and delete the RunAs key which resets the context. This needs to go in a script before launching the
install_flash_player_active_x.msi.

So a sample vbscript might look like this:

Call FixISDCOM
set objSh = createobject("wscript.shell")
objSh.run "msiexec.exe /i ISScript1050.Msi /qn REBOOT=ReallySuppress ALLUSERS=1",0,true
objSh.run "msiexec.exe /i install_flash_player_active_x.msi /qn REBOOT=ReallySuppress ALLUSERS=1",0,true

set objSh = nothing
wscript.quit(0)
Sub FixISDCOM
Const HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT = &H80000000
strComputer = "."
Set objReg = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\default:StdRegProv")
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_DCOMApplicationSetting",,48)
For Each objItem in colItems
If objItem.Description <> "" Then
arrFind=Split(objItem.Description)
For i=0 To UBound(arrFind)
If lcase(arrFind(i))="installshield" then
strKeyPath = "AppID\" & objItem.AppID
strEntryName = "RunAs"
strValue = ""
objReg.DeleteValue HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT,strKeyPath,strEntryName
End If
Next
End If
Next
End Sub

I hope this helps save someone from the major headache I now have!
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Since Adobe offers two installers -- one for IE and one for Firefox -- I decided to make one package out of it for redeployment in my organization. With Wise Package Studio, it was a breeze, and now we only have to call one file.

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WindowlessDisable=1 disables spawning Flash windowless

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To remove the Yahoo toolbar included in the ShockWave Installation include this in you installation script.

C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Common\unyt.exe" /s

Dim CMDLine(1)
CMDLine(0)= sMSIEXECi & Chr(34) & sSource & PackageName & "\install_flash_player_active_x.msi" & Chr(34) _
& Chr(32) & "/l* " & sLog & PackageName & Chr(32) & "/qb!-"
CMDLine(1)= "C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Common\unyt.exe" & Chr(32) & "/s"
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