YouTube Upgrade Won’t Allow to Play Videos? Download Adobe Flash Player 10

April 16, 2010, By Alex Ion

A recent YouTube upgrade to the site’s video player let a lot of users in the dark.

Some time ago Google rolled out a new YouTube, promising better performance and increased usability. While the upgrade was great for many users, some of you may have noticed that playing videos is not possible with the new YouTube. But worry no more, for there’s a solution — download Adobe Flash Player 10.

While I don’t have problems with videos on YouTube (they load quite fine), those who have should know that upgrading to the latest version of Adobe’s Flash Player should solve everything. So here’s how to upgrade:

  1. Uninstall any older or currently running versions of Adobe Flash player from your computer. Do that by using Adobe’s official Uninstaller to remove Flash.
  2. Download the latest version of Flash Player 10 from Adobe’s website.
  3. Exit the browser and install the update that you just downloaded to your computer.
  4. Once done, open YouTube again and voila, you can watch videos on YouTube again.


In some special occasions, the steps above may not work — which is why you should make sure you allow as a trusted site in your Firewall software or ultimately, ensure that apps like Quicktime, iTunes, Real Player, or Windows Media Player are not set as your default streaming application.

Windows Vista users may also want to check if there are any permission issues for installing the FlashPlayer 10 upgrade.

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