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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thnks a lot, works perfect.

Submitted by freedomofmind (not verified) on Tue, 2010-05-11 15:06.

thnks a lot, works perfect.

Thanks you a lot good work :)

Submitted by Mr. B (not verified) on Tue, 2010-05-11 06:54.

this is exact what I looking for. And its work fine, but for Firefox 3.6 you need to copy all the files from flashplayer-win.zip into %APPDATA%.

Woooooooo

Submitted by gator (not verified) on Tue, 2010-05-11 04:07.

FINALLY can utilise Flash at work. Great little workaround. :)

It worked very well.

Submitted by It is too good man (not verified) on Sat, 2010-05-08 08:23.

It worked very well.

This is some hot stuff man!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 2010-05-08 01:30.

This is some hot stuff man! Thanks for the info! It worked like a charm! =)

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Submitted by rizwan (not verified) on Thu, 2010-05-06 18:16.

YOU ARE A GREAAAAAAATTTTTTT MANNNNNNNNNN

THAK YOU,

the link doesnt work

Submitted by matt (not verified) on Thu, 2010-05-06 12:50.

the link doesnt work

Just checked from my home. It

Submitted by fabio on Thu, 2010-05-06 20:07.

Just checked from my home. It works from here. It's probably your connection or maybe it didn't worked when you tried.

i dont undersatdn step 4 im

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 2010-05-05 16:13.

i dont undersatdn step 4 im stuck help please!

What exactly don't you

Submitted by fabio on Thu, 2010-05-06 20:07.

What exactly don't you understand?

Easy

Submitted by Phillip B (not verified) on Sat, 2010-05-01 03:48.

Thanks for the easy instruction.

Thank you for the twitter and

Submitted by fabio on Sat, 2010-05-01 08:09.

Thank you for the twitter and delicous mentions.

Multumesc

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 2010-04-16 14:29.

Means "Thank You" Great job :)

I think I'm in love with you

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 2010-04-15 22:26.

Thanks so much. I can now use firefox with no issues at work! Saved me sooo much headache. Awesome.

doing step 4 of your guide i

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2010-04-13 16:06.

doing step 4 of your guide i get stuck. i get a bar in screen telling me accesing the resource has been disallowed.

you know anything to get by this problem?

Thanks.

See older comments for

Submitted by fabio on Tue, 2010-04-13 19:41.

See older comments for Firefox Portable install..

thanks a lot, worked for

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 2010-04-10 11:37.

thanks a lot, worked for me....

Flash player for dumpert movies

Submitted by Dumpert (not verified) on Mon, 2010-04-05 16:20.

Thanks a lot man.

Do someone no`s how i can watch the movies on dumpert.nl i can see now youtube but can`t see dumpert movies?

Greetz Mar.

KIITOS!!!

Submitted by Mikko (not verified) on Mon, 2010-04-05 14:20.

It means thank you)

thanks a lot man ,,, you r

Submitted by dr.sms (not verified) on Sun, 2010-04-04 09:59.

thanks a lot man ,,, you r the best :)

Thank you very much. It works

Submitted by Fay (not verified) on Wed, 2010-03-31 07:15.

Thank you very much. It works perfectly. Don't need to ask for favors any more.

Itz working, really Amaging

Submitted by Yathish Kanigalla (not verified) on Wed, 2010-03-31 04:19.

Wow never i thought it will work, but it is worked Excellent.

Thank you! It just simply

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2010-03-30 15:41.

Thank you! It just simply sucked to have every page I surf to say "we don't support you". I felt so rejected. ;)

worked great!! Thanks for

Submitted by Flv Player (not verified) on Tue, 2010-03-30 13:51.

worked great!!

Thanks for sharing this information..

Hi, good, very good This

Submitted by çiçek siparişi (not verified) on Fri, 2010-03-26 21:45.

Hi, good, very good This vorks.. thankyou man good post

Fantastic

Submitted by Sumpfgottheit (not verified) on Fri, 2010-03-26 09:27.

Fantasic! At least youtube is working again

Awesome, very useful!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 2010-03-25 23:14.

Awesome, very useful!!!

The XPI version of the Flash

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2010-03-23 15:41.

The XPI version of the Flash plugin seems to be horribly outdated. This poses a high security risk.

need more info

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2010-03-23 14:45.

i cannot understand your 3rd step,,,please explain me clearly,,,

.zip files are archives. They

Submitted by fabio on Thu, 2010-03-25 15:24.

.zip files are archives. They contains other files. By extracting an archive you can access to the files it contains.

Thanks - That guide is awesome!

Submitted by Larry (not verified) on Thu, 2010-03-18 12:35.

I've been wanting Flash on my Firefox installation @ work for ages. Thanks for this guide and keep up the great work!

PS. If as with my installation you've chosen to install firefox portable in a location other than profgram files, you won't find the plugins folders under %appdata%, the folder will be found here:

"install root"\FirefoxPortable\App\Firefox\plugins

Thank you so much! Works

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 2010-03-17 18:51.

Thank you so much! Works great. I can finally watch youtube vids at work : )

I only have one problem. When

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 2010-03-17 09:59.

I only have one problem.

When I go to youtube or any other site it works fine BUT when I use Cooliris (Extension for Firefox) It says to install flash 8 or higher.

I thought I already installed it or does it have to do with the extension

This helped me a lot. Thank

Submitted by Antanas (not verified) on Tue, 2010-03-16 14:20.

This helped me a lot. Thank you.

Question

Submitted by herc34es (not verified) on Tue, 2010-03-16 07:44.

How do i do this at Internet Explorer???

I'm sorry. But we are not

Submitted by fabio on Tue, 2010-03-16 09:02.

I'm sorry. But we are not aware of a procedure like the one described in the article for Internet Explorer.

If you don't have Firefox installed you can use Firefox Portable. There are old comments below (check also the older pages) whose describe how to use Firefox Portable.

When i try to copy the file

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2010-03-16 01:49.

When i try to copy the file to %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Plugins\ an alert shows up saying that the operation is not supported. I have no clue what i should be doing.

Hi, It doesn't work because

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2010-03-23 11:03.

Hi,
It doesn't work because the "Plugins" folder is not created.
Try to insert in Windows Explorer : "%APPDATA%\Mozilla\" and then create the folder just there. After that just paste the file requested in the istructions.
restart Firefox finaly and all donne.
Good Luck

Unfortunately I think your

Submitted by fabio on Tue, 2010-03-16 09:06.

Unfortunately I think your computer is too restricted and you can't use the procedure described in the article.

Please check the following: try to create a bookmark in Firefox, and then close the browser, then reopen it.

If the bookmark is still where you created it then you should have write permissions to %APPDATA%.. Instead if it isn't you haven't.

If you don't have it check the old comments on using Firefox Portable + Flash. The idea is to install Firefox Portable on a folder where you have write permissions and then to install flash on it.

download flash players

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 2010-03-15 16:48.

ok

Awesome Frnds!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 2010-03-13 07:06.

I have been fed up with the administrator guy they were not allowing us to install the flashplayer due to ur comments i have done this thnk's lot my dear frnds

The thing that is making all

Submitted by 4us2be (not verified) on Sun, 2010-03-14 21:11.

The thing that is making all the headache is called “Allowed sites”.

You can find it if you click Tools – Options – Security – Exceptions and then you add adobe.com to your “Allowed sites” list.

the whole procedure is here:

http://www.4us2be.com/my-theory/firefox-vs-flash-player/

No it isn't. Here we try to

Submitted by fabio on Mon, 2010-03-15 12:47.

No it isn't. Here we try to install Flash for Firefox on a restricted computer such as those available at Universities or at Work.

But...

Submitted by 4us2be (not verified) on Tue, 2010-03-16 10:10.

I've found such tutorial online and it didn't help. why? Because flashplayer.xpt and NPSWF32.dll weren't in my downloaded file, although I renamed .xpi to .zip and extracted all the files, those two were missing, so I couldn't install the fp.

very good

Submitted by Mubashar (not verified) on Thu, 2010-03-11 14:31.

hey man thanks a lot you saved my lot of time.

It works !... Good

Submitted by Eric N - Kaboo (not verified) on Tue, 2010-03-09 10:21.

It works !...
Good job.

RESPECT.

Works !...

Submitted by Eric N - Kaboo (not verified) on Tue, 2010-03-09 10:18.

Respect.
It works.

Thank you very much

Thanks

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 2010-03-07 00:57.

Thank you very much. :)

Thanks...

Submitted by Amit (not verified) on Sat, 2010-03-06 09:19.

Thanks a lot for this valuable suggestion..

Thanks a lot! This saved me a

Submitted by Jen (not verified) on Wed, 2010-03-03 09:31.

Thanks a lot! This saved me a lot of headaches since the company insists I use Internet Exploder... ugh.