Since upgrading to Windows 7 (on a 5 year-old laptop), I've had issues with crashes and freezes. I have noticed two things that suggest the problem: First, the computer is much more likely to freeze up when watching high-quality Flash videos online (eg Hulu); Second, the Action Center eventually alerted me to the minimum video requirements and how my video card will never meet one the requirements, which is DirectX 9 or higher.
So I'm thinking that one workaround could be to only run the Flash Player in compatibility mode for XP, since this problem didn't exist prior to the upgrade.
However, it doesn't look like DLL files have compatibility mode. So my questions are:
If I'm running Firefox in XP compatibility mode, are all plugins running in that mode as well?
If not, is there an executable for Flash Player somewhere else that the DLL hooks into that I can modify? If so, where is it?
Is the Flash plugin OS-specific? I know it is platform specific, but is their an actual difference between the DLL for XP and the DLL for 7? Because if so, I'm thinking I should actually reinstall Flash Player and use the XP version.
Would this fix my problem? And by that I mean, would running a video player in XP mode actually bypass whatever Windows 7 does with video, or is that at another layer that would still have the DirectX issue? I know this fix might not avoid the crashes, but I need to know if my idea is based on the right assumptions so I can determine if the problem is somewhere else or if my idea just isn't being properly executed.