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.

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

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