Flash Player 64-bit installer defeats its purpose

Computer icon of Adobe Flash Player 11 installerAdobe Systems has recently released a 64-bit version of Adobe Flash Player for x64 processors.(There is still no 64-bit version for IA-64 platform. No surprise there.)

The 64-bit installer installs both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Adobe Flash on x64 versions of Windows. (It should. After all, 32-bit software are also supposed to work on x64 systems.)

However, there is a catch: The 64-bit installer is a 64-bit app itself, meaning that it won’t run on 32-bit version of Windows. I still have to download both 32-bit and 64-bit installer packages since I administer computers that have 32-bit Intel Atom processors. So, here is a question for Adobe: If a system administrator has to download both installers, why needlessly increasing the size of 64-bit packages?

Tips for programmers and software optimizers: If you develop an installer that has supports for multiple platforms, make sure it can actually be installed on multiple platforms.


Posted on 18 March 2012, in Software Development, Windows Administration and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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