How to Update Shockwave

In this brief guide, we've shared how to update Shockwave, so that you always have the latest version. 

What is Adobe Shockwave? 
Originally known as Macromedia Shockwave, this development tool can be used to build games, interactive apps, and other content. As long as users have the Shockwave Player installed on their computer, they can access this content on a web browser. More than 450 million computers have the Shockwave Player plugin installed, allowing them to view Shockwave games and videos seamlessly. 

How is Flash Player different from Shockwave Player?
While Shockwave Player is designed for interactive content like games and multimedia demos, Flash Player is optimized for front-end content. This can include short animations, online ads, and browser-based applications. To make life easier, Adobe packages both players in one handy installer. 

How can I fix Shockwave playback issues?

  • Windows: First, click the Settings icon and choose "Apps" from the list. Find Shockwave Player and click "Uninstall". Then, download an uninstaller for Flash Player. With both programs uninstalled, restart your computer and then click here to reinstall the players.  
  • Mac: To uninstall Shockwave Player, download the installer/uninstaller. Once the file is saved to your desktop, quit all of your current programs and run the uninstaller. Then, download and run the Flash Player uninstaller. Finally, restart your computer and reinstall the two players here

How to Update Shockwave
Updating to the latest version of Shockwave Player is easy. Just go to the main Adobe Downloads page, scroll down to the bottom, and choose Adobe Shockwave Player. 

The software will update automatically when you play a Shockwave movie as well, unless you've disabled Auto Updates. To enable them, click here and then right-click on the Shockwave content. In this menu, choose "Properties", and then make sure "Auto Updates" is checked. 

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