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Could not find the file flash.ocx – FIX INCLUDED

Could not find the file flash.ocx

Some third party screen savers are designed to make use of the flash player software when running.

A third-party screen saver is something that has been installed and is very different than the built in screen saver that is part of Windows.

These screen savers are hard coded to reference the file flash.ocx and recent version of Macromedia’s (Adobe) Flash application now name the same file flash9.ocx or even flash9c.ocx etc.

Which results in the errors such as;

  • “Could not find the file flash.ocx”
  • cant find file flash.ocx
  • cannot find file flash ocx

I may also reference other versions such as flash.ocx flash9b.ocx, flash9c.ocx flash9e.ocx

To fix this simple problem, you have two options.

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The first one would be to simply uninstall the screen saver. Once that is done the error will go away, but you will no longer have use of the screen saver.

The second option is pretty straight forward, and will allow you to continue using your screensaver as normal

You will need to find the flash9.ocx file and copy it as the file flash.ocx. (or download the attached flash.ocx)

To do this:

1. Browse to the C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash folder.

2. Locate the flash9.ocx file and right click it and select copy.

3. Right click in a blank spot of the same folder and select paste.

4. You will then find you have a file called Copy of Flash9.ocx in the folder.

5. Right click the new file and select rename and rename to flash.ocx

Once complete you should notice your screensaver functioning again and the error long gone.

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44 Responses to “Could not find the file flash.ocx – FIX INCLUDED”

  • Sriram - September 21, 2010 at 9:33 pm


    If it is flash 10, follow the same instructions for file ” Flash10e.ocx” to make it a copy ( Copy of Flash10e.ocx) and then rename Flash10e.ocx to flash.ocx

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  • Andrés Gallardo - December 1, 2010 at 11:58 am


    Thank you so much!!!!!!
    Andrew from Chile.

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  • Jen - January 13, 2011 at 7:30 am


    I don’t have a folder called Macromed and when I searched Drive C there were no results for flash9.ocx… what now?

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    • justa friend - October 8, 2011 at 11:48 am


      on windows 7, the correct path for the flash files is:
      C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash

      and the file is called Flash10c.ocx

      just copy as flash.ocx
      should work.

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      • wesley - June 19, 2012 at 9:17 am


        Thanks so much for your tuto. I tried finding the solution so hard and only your tuto solved my problem.

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  • Massimo - January 14, 2011 at 3:13 am


    I find the message:
    “cannot find flash9.ocs”
    I tried to go in System32 and I could not find “flash9.ocs”, I only did find:
    “flash10|.ocs”.

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    • Phukwit - January 27, 2011 at 4:55 am


      Well maybe you could try renaming the flash10.ocs file instead. Try and use a bit of common sense you moron.

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  • Kristina - February 22, 2011 at 7:14 am


    Thank’s a lot,this was very helpfull! As long as there are people who can resolve this kind of problems, we don’t have to think about how to resolve. Thank you again. :))))))

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  • Expert - July 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm


    Thank!! it worked !!

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  • V - October 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm


    Thank you so much! :D

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  • Lance Kerr - October 24, 2011 at 8:32 am


    Works on new version 11.
    Thanks for assistance.

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  • GB - January 22, 2012 at 8:01 am


    Thanks! This is a pain in the ass and Microsoft says they are looking into it (since 2010) with no answers.

    Thanks again!!!

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  • Kiki - December 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm


    The copy/paste/rename thing worked easily! Thank you!

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  • leo - October 16, 2014 at 12:02 am


    Muy buena aportación, yo lo hice con el flash11 y tambien funciona… gracias

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