Videos on YouTube are streamed through Adobe Flash player. For the best viewing experience, we suggest you install the latest version of Adobe Flash player.
You'll first need to remove any older versions you've installed in the past and currently have running on your computer).
Installing the most recent version of Adobe Flash Player:
Once you've uninstalled the older version of Flash, you'll be ready to upgrade to the most recent version of Flash. To do so, please follow these steps:
- Restart your computer
- Follow Adobe's instructions for reinstalling the most recent version of Flash.
- Once you've downloaded the latest version of Adobe Flash, please exit your browser.
- Finally click to install the update that you just downloaded from the Adobe Flash site.
- Once you've done so, open your browser again and go to YouTube. You should now be able so successfully watch videos!
If the instructions above don't resolve the issue, please also try the following:
- Temporarily disable popup blocking software installed on your computer to test.
- Allow YouTube.com as a trusted site in your Firewall software.
- Ensure other applications like Quicktime, iTunes, Real Player, or Windows Media Player aren't set as the default streaming application, as this might affect the video player.
For Windows Vista users:
If the Flash uninstall / reinstall does not work this maybe due to a Microsoft Windows Vista permissions issue.
Please use the Windows button at the bottom left then the search function:
- Go to: C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash\.
- Right-click on the following file: FlashUtil9b.exe or FlashUtil9e.exe.
- Select "Run as Administrator" and install the update..
- Restart your computer.
You may be able to resolve the matter by clearing your cache and cookies. You may also need to try the second process below: enabling browser cookies.
Clear the cache for Internet Explorer:
1. Click "Start" and select "Control Panel".
(Note: With Windows XP Classic View click the Windows "Start" button and select "Settings" and "Control Panel").
2. Open the "Internet Options" icon.
3. Click the "General" tab if it isn't selected already.
4. Click the "Delete" button.
5. Under the heading "Temporary Internet files," click "Delete Files".
6. Click "OK" to exit.
Clear the cache for Mozilla Firefox 2:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox and click on the "Tools" menu.
2. Select "Options" then "Advanced". (top right)
3. Click the "Network" tab.
4. Under the "Cache" heading, click the "Clear Now" button.
5. Click "OK" to exit.
Hope that serves you, bye!
· 1 decade ago