It seems like I get an update request from Flash Player about once a month now, the latest one being 11.4.402.265. I have always allowed these updates because they claim to fix security issues. The problem is that the system requirements of the player are starting to surpass the specifications of my ancient laptop. I am wondering if it would make sense to stop upgrading the player before it becomes too great a burden on my system.
Ram 1 GB
Flash Player requires 2.33GHz processor. Mine is a 2.6GHz P4.
Flash Player requires 128 MB of graphics memory. My laptop allows 64MB max for graphics.
Jim (not a dell® rock star)
I appreciate you being proactive in determining the system requirements before installing 'Adobe Flash Player' updated version in your computer.
Minimum system requirements for installing the latest 'Adobe Flash Player' version 11 in Windows based operating systems are as follows:- 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks - Microsoft Windows XP (32 bit), Windows Server 2003 (32-bit), Windows Server 2008 (32 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit) - Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or later, Google Chrome, Safari 5.0 or later, or Opera 11 - 128MB of RAM (1GB of RAM recommended for netbooks); 128MB of graphics memory
Your system is capable of running this version of Flash player. However, if prompted with 'Flash player' update message, do check for the minimum system requirements again before installing the same.
Hope this helps. Do reply if you have any further questions. I would be glad to assist.
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DELL-Saurabh AHope this helps.
It did not address my question which was " I am wondering if it would make sense to stop upgrading the player before it becomes too great a burden on my system." The updates are supposed to fix security issues among other things, but XP itself will no longer be getting security updates in the near future.
Apologies for the confusion. If you have Windows XP 'Service Pack 3' installed on the laptop, it will still be supported. Microsoft will continue to provide security updates and other critical updates for Windows XP Service Pack 3 until April, 2014. These updates do not have any direct bearing with the updates for 'Adobe Flash Player'. You still need to validate your system requirements before installing the player's updates.
Do reply if you have any further questions. I would be glad to assist.
DELL-Saurabh AYou still need to validate your system requirements before installing the player's updates.
Validate what? The player's requirements already exceed my system's specs. I wrote in my initial post
"Flash Player requires 128 MB of graphics memory. My laptop allows 64MB max for graphics."
Was hoping that some forum regulars might have some insights about this. For now I think I will stop upgrading Flash Player and use "No Script" to block it from working except on trusted sites.