It seems everywhere you go online, Adobe is prominent in what we do. From FlashPlayer to Shockwave, sometimes you just cannot browse the Internet without Adobe’s help. In Windows 8, it may not be apparent where Adobe lies. However, without both, you may find yourself out of luck trying to view some of your favorite content online.

Our guide will show you how to install Adobe FlashPlayer and Shockwave in Windows 8.

How to install Adobe FlashPlayer

The good news is that Internet Explorer 10 which comes pre-installed on Windows 8 already comes with Adobe FlashPlayer ready to go. If you download the installer from Adobe, it will alert you to that right away.


Click “Quit” to exit the installer.

If you are using any other browsers in Windows 8, such as Google Chrome or Safari, you will need to manually install Adobe FlashPlayer. Once you download the install, go ahead and run it.


You will need to agree to the terms and conditions before continuing, when ready, click “Install.”


It will only take a few seconds for the installer to do its job.


When finished, it will ask you if you want to install updates manually or automatically. For the most part, you should choose automatically as this reduces the risk of you forgetting to check for Adobe updates.

Click “Done” when you are finished with the installer.

Installing Adobe FlashPlayer is just that easy in any other browser on Windows 8.


How to install Shockwave

On the other hand, Adobe Shockwave Player will need to be installed in Internet Explorer, Chrome and any other browser you may use. The process utilizes one installer you can get from Adobe’s website.

When ready, click “Agree and install now” to begin the process.


Your browser will download the installer.

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When finished, start the installer for Shockwave.


It will take just a few moments for Shockwave to install.


Adobe will ask if you want to install the free Norton PC Checkup with the Shockwave install. If you choose not, simply uncheck the box and click “Agree” to move forward with the installation process.

Now, let Adobe Shockwave install itself on your computer.


When it is finished, click “Close.”

You now have Adobe FlashPlayer and Shockwave up and running in Windows 8 no matter which browser you utilize to surf the Internet.


What good do Adobe products do in Windows 8?

Adobe is one of the most reliable and widely used products on a computer and on the Internet. No matter what you do on your PC, you rely on Adobe FlashPlayer and Shockwave in some form or another during your day. When using Windows 8 for the first time or simply upgrading, you may have to do some legwork to get them working for you. Hopefully, this guide pointed you in the right direction.