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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.

Could not find the file flash.ocx - FIX INCLUDED, 4.8 out of 5 based on 44 ratings

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

  • rohan - September 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Hi Tarik,

    You are genius…it works !!
    I followed the way you written and it has solved my problem.

    thank you so much….

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    • Tarik Sabbagh - September 23, 2009 at 11:27 pm

      not a problem – ive also updated the article attachment

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  • Lobsang - November 19, 2009 at 8:58 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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  • desperate - November 29, 2009 at 8:56 am

    I’m sorry, it didn’t work! I won’t rate you down or anything, but you really got my hopes up. I need flash.ocx for my RealPlayer SP Video Converter. I have Vista. And the file name I have is Flash10b.ocx. Please help! I’ve been uninstalling, installing, rebooting, and reinstalling the whole day! And none of the articles that I’ve read have worked for me. I think I’m past the point of getting frustrated and slapping myself, and am ready to just give up. For the people that this worked for, I’m really jealous. I guess this is what I get for messing with the registry…

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    • Tarik - November 29, 2009 at 12:00 pm

      Hi,

      It sounds like it may not be in the right location with Vista?

      I suggest you do a search for flash*.ocx and you should find the location you need to copy the saved flash.ocx to.

      Let us know how you go!

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  • JP - December 19, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Thanks! it really works.^^,

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  • gusgije - December 31, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Wow, you sure know your stuff! Mine was actually flash 10c ocx and your fix worked perfectly.
    Many thanks.

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  • Aruna - January 1, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Thanks Tarik.

    To Desperate: The path for Vista is

    C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash

    and the file you’re copying and renaming is called Flash10c.ocx

    Good Luck.

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  • Jawad - January 6, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Did’nt worked.. I am using windows 7.
    The path is C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash and file am renaming is Flash10a.ocx to flash.ocx at same folder..

    The program i intend to execute is “xilisoft swf to video”.. after copying pasting when i execute the program, it again gives the same error message.. “APPCRASH” .. a windows component “flash.ocx” is missing.

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    • Kevin - March 12, 2010 at 10:16 am

      Don’t rename the original file. Make a COPY of the original Flash10e.ocx or whatever it is into the same folder, and rename the copy to flash.ocx. Renaming the original file will cause everything else that uses flash to stop working.

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  • Alice - January 10, 2010 at 6:56 am

    WOW! Thanks so much! I did a google search for “flash.ocx” and up came your site… I was so disturbed seeing that little box saying “can’t find flash.ocx” every time I turned on my computer… YIKES!
    Now I can relax – you are amazing. Thanks SOOOO much!

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  • JJ - January 14, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Wow, thank you very much. That worked instantly!!!!!!! You really know your stuff, thanks again.

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  • David - January 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Works like a charm in one minute i had it fixed with your guide. thank you very much…

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  • Yashu - February 1, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Thansk buddy

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  • Alben - February 11, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Thanks. It worked awesome.

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    • Alben - February 11, 2010 at 11:50 am

      Sorry, I hit the wrong rate button previously.

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  • ORMOND I - February 22, 2010 at 6:12 am

    MY PROBLEM AND OUTRIGHT BOTHER AND PEST-NEMESIS “FLASH.
    OCX COULD NOT BE FOUND IS NOW GONE-WHAT A RELIEF..DURING MY
    FRAUSTRATION I EXPECTANTLY AND FOOLISHLY FOLLOWED THE RECOM-
    MENDATIONS OF THE WEB-SEARCH FIXES-REG…PATROL,SUPER…BLOCKER…REG..BOOSTER…AMOUNTING TO
    OVER ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS-YET TO NO AVAIL….
    I HAD GIVEN UP,DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT WAS THE THIRD
    DAY OF THE RETURN OF THE COMPUTER FROM THE REPAIR SHOP…
    AS A LAST RESORT I TRIED YOUR SECOND OPTION-AND NOW
    THE REST IS HISTORY…MANY,MANY THANKS.

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  • ORMOND I - February 22, 2010 at 6:15 am

    THANKS YOUR FIX WAS VERY EFFECTIVE—ALL THE BEST…

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  • Norm - February 25, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Thank you!

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  • Wayne - March 1, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Done and dusted! Thanks.

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  • ghette - April 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    thank you so much. it really works for mee.. u r my savior.. love u

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  • SHarpeRR - June 8, 2010 at 1:16 am

    file name was flash10c.ocx. worked perfect

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  • nilocp - July 19, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Thank you! This actually worked.

    Very many thanks.

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  • Ali Ponjait - August 13, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I also, faced the same problem. As I was using Batman Screen Saver and update my flash player recently that’s why I face the problem. I follow the second option for win 7.

    I go to the folder located at
    C:WindowsSystem32MacromedFlash

    then I make new copy of the file named Flash10i.ocx (file name may change with updates)

    then rename it to flash.ocx

    now, my error message is not coming and screen saver is working as usual.

    Thanks for providing the solution.

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  • Chris - August 20, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I have a later version “Flash10i.ocx” but followed the same instructions and it worked great. Thanks!

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    • Hezekiah - January 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      Mine also is the 10i – hasn’t been fixed but a few minutes so I haven’t seen it work yet but your post adds hope that it will/ Overall great simple to follow and apply! Thanks y’all!

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  • nilocp - August 22, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I actually followed instructions and solved this problem back in July. It has just reappeared!!

    I have just done an update on Adobe Flash Player as suggested.

    So why should that bring up the error again?

    Colin

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  • nilocp - August 22, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I have just had alook at doing this again and have ocx files called Flash10h and Flash10i.

    Which do I copy or does it not matter?

    Colin

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  • nirmalya - August 23, 2010 at 1:49 am

    thanks budy

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  • alanw - September 11, 2010 at 4:14 am

    I’ve found it always reverts when you update Flash Player. I guess the update puts in a whole new bunch of files. Tiresome, but at least we now know it’s easy to fix.

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