How do I get Flash Player 10 (on Firefox) without installing the Adobe Download Manager?
The important bit is to not allow the download manager (Adobe DLM) to run, but instead click the link where it says 'If it does not start, click here to download'.
1Note: The link now is to "troubleshooting information", and doesn't seem to offer the link to the installer anywhere (that I could find). The instructions from @Molly7244 below seem to work still. May 13, 2010 at 22:57
2There is currently (2010-06-22) a direct download link for the installer at the bottom of that troubleshooting page. Jun 22, 2010 at 22:38
2As of 2010-08-09 the "If it does not start, click here" link goes to a page that no longer has the direct download link. I've used that link in the past, so I know what it looks like. But it's definitely gone now. Anyone have up-to-date instructions to avoid DLM? FYI, the fpdownload.adobe.com links in the other responses do still work.– netjeffAug 9, 2010 at 20:49
1As of 2011-03-28: Click on the "Click here for troubleshooting information.", then click on: "Troubleshoot Flash Player installation | Windows", there you can select "Download Flash Player with the manual installer" and then you can install it without the download manager. Mar 28, 2011 at 6:13
-1. Answer needs updating.– HaydnWVNJun 4, 2013 at 10:17
Internet Explorer http://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player_ax.exe
*Note: Just add _ax to the file name and it will download the activex version for Internet Explorer.
Use Adobe's public ftp site to download without the download manager DLM
For example, flash is here
and acrobat reader is here
Then simply choose version and operating system to get to the actual files
1Best answer by far Jan 6, 2012 at 9:12
Version 10.1: Direct download here
You need to shut down IE and/or FF, etc. when you install it. In my case I had to reboot for changes to take effect.
I think you have to use the DLM, but make sure you are still running firefox, wait for it to download. When you are asked t close firefox, search on your computer for recently changed files (name may be different): install_flash_player_64bit.exe (it's in a temp folder). Copy this to a different directory. You now have a standalone installer file. I tried opening the DLM installer w/ 7zip, but the contents are encrypted, so this was the easiest way.
1The above link works for IE (the "active x") version, not for Firefox.– netjeffAug 9, 2010 at 20:49
Here is the blog that explains very well how to install correct version of Flash for IE or Firefox:
It seems that those sneaky direct download links are simply at the very bottom of the general "installation problems" Help page