How Do You Install the Shockwave Player?


Quick Answer

The Adobe Shockwave Player is available for free on Adobe's website. The download page automatically detects the user's operating system, the language of the operating system and the browser used to access the page, which lets it prepare the appropriate version for download.

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If the user wants to download the player on one device but install it on another or if the website cannot detect the operating system, the browser or the language accurately, it is possible to fill in these values manually by clicking the Need Shockwave Player for a Different Computer? option. Clicking Download Now downloads the installer. Once downloaded, run the installer, either accept or reject the Norton security offer, and click Next. The installer then installs the player automatically.

Adobe Shockwave Player requires a Pentium IV 600 megahertz CPU or higher and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 and Internet Explorer 7 or later. The player needs at least 512 megabytes of memory to run and 500 megabytes of available hard-disk space to install. On Apple computers, it needs Mac OS X 10.7 or higher with Intel processors. An Internet or phone connection is necessary for activation on both platforms.

Adobe claims that over 450 million devices with Internet connections use Adobe Shockwave Player. The player can run 3D games, interactive product demonstrations and learning applications. It displays content created with Adobe Director.

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