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SWF files suddenly stopped working in IE - poss due to update?

swf file stopped working in IE7



8:12 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi folks,

Hoping someone can help me out here. A site I designed at <sorry, no personal urls>[/quote] uses embedded SWF files to display preview vids, using very simple code as below:

Preview Video
<embed src="https://www.example.com/Previews/bluebells.swf"width="425" height="373">

This works fine in Firefox, and in IE6, and it used to be just fine in IE7. I just tried (having uploaded the latest video) and now it is not working in IE7. The only thing I've done recently is run a few windows updates.

Any ideas what is not working, and why it's suddenly stopped? I've tried clearing my cache etc but still no joy. IE version 7.0.5730.13.

Cheers :)


[1][edited by: tedster at 7:59 am (utc) on June 20, 2008]


9:53 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member rocknbil is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Welcome aboard Ruth! See the TOS [webmasterworld.com], URLs are not allowed.

Generally the object tag is required for Flash in IE, with the embed tag nested inside it for FF/Moz support (invalid HTML, but it works.) I don't know how you got it to work with embed. A better solution all around is SWF Object [webmasterworld.com].


1:00 pm on Jun 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator coopster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

The only thing I've done recently is run a few windows updates.

I'm guessing that was your issue:
Windows XP SP3 includes vulnerable Flash Player [webmasterworld.com]


11:20 am on Jun 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Many thanks for the replies, I will post what I found out here.

If you upgrade to SP3, and have IE7 or IE8B1 installed, you cannot easily uninstall either of these. You would need to uninstall SP3 before you could remove IE7 or IE8 Beta 1. Be warned!

Also, if you run the SP3 update it installs an out of date version of Flash Player - this is what broke my website. It is important to update your Flash Player as it is vulnerable to attacks, according to several sources.

Many thanks for your help and suggestions which pointed me in the right directions!


There is a useful forum post about this here: <snip> that led me to download the latest version of Flash Player, et voila the site now works fine. I am writing a message for potential visitors to the site who may be experiencing similar problems.

[edited by: jatar_k at 5:05 pm (utc) on June 21, 2008]
[edit reason] no urls thanks [/edit]


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