Finally succeeded in downgrading flash player from version 10 to flash player version 9. I had reached a point where I was pulling my hair out and then I found this gem on Adobe’s website – Technote kb402435 .
I tried the following steps to install a lower version of the flash player
- Uninstall all flash player versions using the flash player uninstaller
- Rebooted the computer
- Disabled access to the internet/network
- re-installed an older version of the flash player
- Rebooted the computer again
All browsers, except for Internet Explorer 7 (IE 7), accepted the flash player. IE7 as usual gave me a hard time. This was primarily because of the ActiveX used by IE.
To resolve this, all I had to do was type the following in the command line
A detailed explaination can be found at Adobe’s website – Technote kb402435 – Safe versions security restrictions when installing Flash Player (Internet Explorer on Windows).
Additional resource that may help
How to uninstall the Adobe Flash Player plug-in and ActiveX control
Troubleshoot Adobe Flash Player installation for Windows