Windows Update fails (KB913433 - Flash Update)

  Batch 11:45 10 May 06

From the Microsoft forums, it would appear that several people (including me) have been having problems with the latest Windows Update.

The update in question is KB913433 - Security Update for Flash Player. As far as I can tell, this update is only supposed to apply to Flash versions 6.0.79 and earlier (see click here), but Windows Update is still trying to apply it to later versions and failing. See

From what I can tell, the source of this issue (assuming one is already running a version of Flash later than 6.0.79) is two-fold.

Firstly, when a later Flash version has been installed, the old Flash.ocx file has not been deleted. This is apparent with later versions which don't use a file named flash.ocx. For example, I have v8.0.24.0 and the file is named Flash8a.ocx.

Then, Windows Update detects the old flash.ocx file and attempts to install the fix. At that point, it seems to realise that there is, in fact, a later version installed and the update fails.

The real solution (for Windows Update) is for Microsoft to detect the correct version that is currently installed.

The simple workaround is to delete flash.ocx (or just rename it if you wish to be cautious).

  BurrWalnut 14:31 10 May 06

I deleted it but have left it in the 'bin'. So far everything is OK and the update reminder has stopped.

  beynac 15:30 10 May 06

I had the latest (Flash8a.ocx) and two older versions. I deleted the two old versions but still got the reminder. I went to the Macromedia (Adobe) website and re-installed. Windows Update now happy.

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