OK, so Adobe’s Flash Player downloads have always been crappy; half the time you can’t find the download for non-IE browsers and the other half of the time you’re forced to use the Adobe Download Manager to get it, but I think they’ve managed to outdo themselves now.
If you go to download Flash Player from the Adobe website (http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer) and you’re not running IE, you’re presented with some drop-down boxes asking you to pick your OS and Browser (IE or Other). If you pick “Windows 7 (64-bit)” – as well you might if that’s the OS you’re running – then you get given the 64-bit version of Flash Player, which won’t work for 95% of users and won’t be clear why, so you have to pick “Windows 7 (32-bit)”, obviously.
You then download the installer and run it, at the end of which, the installer deletes itself, presumably because they realise that it’s such an insecure piece of crap that by the time you come to install it on a 2nd machine 3 minutes later, there’s already a new version out.
To make matters worse, the MSI distribution points (such as http://www.adobe.com/go/full_flashplayer_win_msi) are still Flash 10.x instead of 11 and the old http://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/current/ links now 404.
I’m already trying to get rid of Flash Player, I’m using Youtube’s HTML5 trial and making use of alternative options where ever possible, but it’s like Adobe is actively trying to help me stop using it.
Fuck You Adobe.