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I like to play some downloaded Shockwave Flash (.SWF) files without opening my internet browser. Sometime ago, I remember I could do it just double clicking on the SWF item. Then it was opening in a plain Shockwave window. Now XP won't play ball. I tried Folder Options > File types but couldn't find the associated player exe. How can I surpass this?

Edit: There has to be some way to do this without a 3rd party software since I can already play SWFs on my browsers.

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Drag and drop into Internet Explorer ? –  Sathya Feb 8 '10 at 18:35
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That's not the way I want. I want it to open in a plain Shockwave player window as I have stated within my question. –  Mehper C. Palavuzlar Feb 8 '10 at 19:36
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Macromedia used to have a standalone Shockwave/Flash player that they marketed as a gaming platform, but the last time I used it was probably close to 10 years ago, long before Adobe acquired Macromedia. I've tried finding it again several times over the past several years, but haven't had any luck. It seems to have been discontinued. Maybe if you spend enough time digging through the WayBackMachine, you'll find some reference to it, and can look it up by the exact product name.

Failing that, here's one more standalone SWF player to add to the list of standalone players that others have already suggested: http://www.standaloneflashplayer.com
(Working download link: http://www.standaloneflashplayer.com/download/standaloneflashplayer_setup1.exe)

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If you have the Flash authoring software installed you get a stand alone flash player with this. Here are downloads, it looks like you can download a stand alone Flash Player here, not sure of this requires the authoring tool to already be installed: adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html Here are archived versions of old Flash Players for testing: kb2.adobe.com/cps/142/tn_14266.html –  bpartch Feb 8 '10 at 21:01
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IrfanView plays SWF files, if you install the plugins package.

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Media Player Classic plays SWF just fine (MPC is included in the XP Codec Pack).

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You can do this easily by going to adobe: http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html and then look for "Projector" that you can download as an EXE. This exe is essentially that standalone player that you're looking for.

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The wonderful VLC media Player will play .flvs also. :)

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I just realized this. I for some reason confused the 2 file types. :blush: –  bpartch Feb 8 '10 at 20:43
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i just tested VLC version 1.0.5 portable, it does play FLV alright but it doesn't play SWF. –  Molly7244 Feb 8 '10 at 20:44
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There is a solution to that problem but you have to install Adobe Flash CS 4.

I can't remember if it asks to play swf files separately or if it does it by default but it does play them separately and creates thumbnail views too.

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I've used Flash Movie Player on XP in the past.

Works on Win7 as well, but rather annoyingly the volume slowly reduces, and it does not appear to be under further development.

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Well, you can convert an SWF file to an EXE to run it as stand-alone. There are a lot of small applications that does this. You may try one.

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You need a Flash game which runs from Flash player, then go to your SWF file, right-click on the file and select Open with…

Then click Browse, go to the location where your Flash game is present and double-click on the Flash game.

Then you will see the Flash Player appearing in the list of programs. Select it and click OK.

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