Installing Flash Player Plugin on Firefox without having Administrator Access or Premissions

Last updated on Mon, 2012-07-16 09:14. Originally submitted by fabio on 2007-02-19 16:32.

UPDATE: The following guide, originally written for Firefox 2, has been used successfully on Firefox 3, 3.5, 3.6, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. Users of Firefox Portable edition (same versions) also have been successful using this guide.

The Windows computers available at my University permits login only by autenticated users (students) who don't have Administrator access and permissions.

Installing software on those PC is then not possible.

Recently they finally installed Firefox 2 but without the Flash plugins, which is absolutly useful/needed.

I then tryed to install the Flash Player using the "standard" way (click on the missing plugin link then install the plugin..). However without administrator plugins it was not possible to install.

Then I started doing some tests trying to install the plugin manually. Now I have it installed and working perfectly!

This is how I managed to install it without administrator permissions:

  1. Download this ZIP archive to your hard disk.
  2. Extract the file in the archive. You can use any program capable of opening .zip files (WinZip, WinRAR or the free and great 7-zip). There are also websites which can uncompress archives: wobzip.org.
  3. Copy the file NPSWF32.dll to %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Plugins\
    • %APPDATA% is not a real folder. It's an alias. By inserting it in your windows explorer address bar, you'll be redirected to the real folder which holds your applications profiles and settings. The location of this folder depends on various setting that's why we need the alias and not an absolute path.
    • You can open this folder simply choosing "Start → Run → Type in %APPDATA% → OK".
    • In case you don't have a Plugins folder you can create one and place your files there.
  4. Restart Firefox
  5. Enjoy your flash websites!

Reference:
Profile folder on MozillaZine Knowledge Base.
Installing Flash in Portable Firefox with no installer at AcidLabs.org Blog.

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Oh man, I will be using this

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 2011-02-16 23:44.

Oh man, I will be using this method on pretty much EVERY university compy I use. SO useful.

Now I can watch Hulu. :D

Thanks alot!

The admin at my school must

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2011-02-15 19:21.

The admin at my school must have hidden run from my start menu along with cmd prompt any other way I can get there?

my school made a

Submitted by tailer (not verified) on Sun, 2011-04-03 14:31.

my school made a administrators username and password to how can i download it with out the username and password

Thanks a lot

Submitted by thegoodboy66 (not verified) on Tue, 2011-02-15 13:51.

Thanks a lot a lot bro

Worked on firefox 4 portable

Submitted by azizbaba (not verified) on Tue, 2011-02-15 13:37.

I tried the same way and it worked on Firefox 4.0 Beta 11 (just copy&paste my "plugin" directory from firefox 3.6 portable to firefox 4.0 beta portable. That's all. by the way thanks for the article.

Bye

AWSOME!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 2011-02-09 15:28.

This worked perfectly!! Thanks so much!!!

IE plugin

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2011-02-08 10:28.

How to use this for Internet Explorer? It doesn't work for IE. In which folder should I put these files?

I'm sorry, I don;t think you

Submitted by fabio on Tue, 2011-02-08 12:18.

I'm sorry, I don't think you can use this guide for IE.. you might wanna try suing a Firefox Portable on an USB pen.

THANK YOU!

Submitted by Ahmed Fathy (not verified) on Tue, 2011-02-08 08:40.

I followed your way to add flash player in portable Firefox and it work

password

Submitted by ravi (not verified) on Sun, 2011-04-10 15:28.

pasaword

Obrigada!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 2011-02-07 20:47.

Muito obrigada pela ajuda!
Thank you for your help!

U da man

Submitted by RawBacon (not verified) on Sat, 2011-02-05 04:08.

Thank You so much.
If you're ever in Denmark, first round's on me

Help?

Submitted by Chris (not verified) on Thu, 2011-02-03 00:25.

I followed the directions, but when I try to start Firefox portable 3.6.13, I get the app identification screen/pic, but then no browser window. Am using WinXP. Any help appreciated.

Could you add some more

Submitted by fabio on Thu, 2011-02-03 00:55.

Could you add some more details?

I figured it out....

Submitted by Chris (not verified) on Thu, 2011-02-03 14:39.

needed to use a different plugin folder (portable version has two in different locations). Find since adding the work around to my flash drive that firefox is choking a little, gonna try a larger capacity thumb drive and see if that helps. Thanx tho for the fix, something I definitely wanted.

Please, share the location of

Submitted by fabio on Thu, 2011-02-03 14:47.

Please, share the location of that folder here, so that other people using your same setup will have your advice saving them many headaches!

drive:\firefoxportable\app\fi

Submitted by Chris (not verified) on Thu, 2011-02-03 14:52.

drive:\firefoxportable\app\firefox\plugins

Thank you.

Submitted by fabio on Thu, 2011-02-03 14:53.

Thank you.

Hi, i followed the steps and

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 2011-01-29 22:26.

Hi,
i followed the steps and when i go to copy the two files in to %APPDATA%Mozilla/plugins/ which i need to creat the plugins folder. when i click past it has an error that says access denied and wont let me.
please help

Well, then maybe your

Submitted by fabio on Sat, 2011-01-29 23:10.

Well, then maybe your workstation is too restricted for this workaround to work.. I'm sorry.

Can't thank you enough!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2011-01-25 19:02.

Can't thank you enough!

flash player is the best.....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 2011-01-24 18:54.

flash player is the best.....

not working with FireFox 4 Beta

Submitted by AAMIR JAHANGIR (not verified) on Mon, 2011-01-17 05:24.

This would be great obviously, but with Fixfox 4 Beta it is not working, I would be very thankful if you could please advice me for this version.

Aamir Jahangir
Karacho, Pakistan

Check the older comments.

Submitted by fabio on Mon, 2011-01-17 09:00.

Check the older comments. People have been successful using this method also on Firefox 4 Beta .. there are little differences but it should work.

Yes, thanks

Submitted by AAMIR JAHANGIR (not verified) on Thu, 2011-01-27 13:46.

Thanks, Now it is working with FireFox 4 (Beta)

I have Firefox 3.6 and am

Submitted by Ye (not verified) on Tue, 2011-01-25 19:49.

I have Firefox 3.6 and am trying to install the most recent version of Flash. I followed the directions completely (also checked prev. comments. Youtube still does not work. Please help?

From Aamir Jahangir

Submitted by AAMIR JAHANGIR (not verified) on Tue, 2011-02-08 12:00.

Check the folder name at the appropriate place. When i was excrement this job, I was copying the wrong files when I coped the correct DLL file it worked.

Check your actions.

Aamir Jahangir,
Karachi, Pakistan

This is what people suggest:

Submitted by fabio on Tue, 2011-01-25 21:08.

This is what people suggest:

Here is how the Flash Update to 10.1 worked for me:
- file downloaded from: NPSWF32.zip (it contains the NPSWF32.DLL)
- closed Firefox (otherwise it doesn't work)
- unzipped and overwritten the file in the %APPDATA%/Mozilla/Plugins

great

Submitted by Indika (not verified) on Fri, 2011-01-14 10:13.

yaaaa hoooo.. great work. Thanks a lot

Thanks

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 2011-01-12 08:14.

Have been searching for this for months.Worked perfectly! Thanks a ton!

latest

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 2011-01-10 10:32.

I want the latest version 10.1.

Check the comments below..

Submitted by fabio on Mon, 2011-01-10 11:14.

Check the comments below.. people gave informations on how to do so.

Works perfectly for Opera 11 USB on XP - Thanks!

Submitted by baljeetd (not verified) on Sat, 2011-01-08 04:17.

I have an admin-locked work laptop (with crappy desktop support), so I use Opera USB (for many, it's better than firefox, which is better than the rest of course).

I copied the files to \program\plugins, including the exe, and restarted Opera.

Thanks!

sorry - that should

Submitted by baljeetd (not verified) on Sat, 2011-01-08 04:19.

sorry - that should say:

%opera-base-dir%\program\plugins

(The submission filter altered my input!)

thanks bro

Submitted by mfadrigalan (not verified) on Fri, 2011-01-07 16:43.

many thanks.
your good!

GREAT

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 2011-01-02 15:41.

Thanks a lot and added this in bookmark for future reference

Thanks

Submitted by Vikram (not verified) on Wed, 2010-12-29 12:26.

Thank You...

Thanks a ton............

Thank you very much! I can

Submitted by White Anna (not verified) on Wed, 2010-12-22 12:03.

Thank you very much!
I can enjoy flash website with firefox!
Because Shopex doesn't support FlashPlayer 10.1, so I haven't idea but uninstall Flashplayer 10.1 and install Flashplayer 10.0, I can use Shopex but can't watch flash with Firefox.
After following your advices, I have solved the problem! Thank you! :)

THANK YOU!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2010-12-21 11:34.

Awesome!

Thanks so much, you rock my

Submitted by you're awesome! (not verified) on Mon, 2010-12-20 22:26.

Thanks so much, you rock my socks!

Fantastic....dear.......

Submitted by Vishnu (not verified) on Mon, 2010-12-20 09:58.

Super .....its very useful.......thanks

THANK YOU!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 2010-12-18 18:23.

THANKS SO MUCH!!! I LOVE YOU :) IT REALLY WORKS! OMG!!! I CANT BELIEVE IT!

Thanks

Submitted by Stefan (not verified) on Thu, 2010-12-16 10:53.

Works perfectly on my machine. Thank you so much, that saved my day!!

Regards

Please Update the DLL!

Submitted by Beggar That I Am (not verified) on Tue, 2010-12-14 20:54.

10.1.102.64

Please. Thanks.

See the comments below. There

Submitted by fabio on Wed, 2010-12-15 00:59.

See the comments below. There are instruction on how to get a more updated version of Flash.

super

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2010-12-14 16:18.

Great, it works!

That's awesome

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2010-12-14 12:09.

10Q dude that's super awesome.

Excellent

Submitted by Ting (not verified) on Tue, 2010-12-14 03:19.

Work for me! Thank you!

Thanks

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 2010-12-13 11:57.

Thanks a lot for this tips.
It works perfectly and helps me at my work.

Hi Thanks so much !!! It

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 2010-12-02 10:31.

Hi
Thanks so much !!!
It works goooood...free information, large thanks