I'm not sure if the two are related but I am having problems with both Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. I first noticed the problem trying to view something on Netflix. It told me i needed to uninstall and reinstall Silverlight. So I did, to no avail. Also, I have had a problem viewing almost anything online because Flash isn't working. When I install Flash, right when I start up the install wizard, this error message appears:
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Dxtmsft.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error. Try installing the program again using the original installation media or contact your system administrator or the software vendor for support.
I know I should contact Adobe but I have not gotten a lot of help from it in the past. And this is a personal computer, not a networked one.
I actually found a helpful forum on here which I thought solved my Flash problem. I went to the uninstall page and uninstalled Flash entirely and deleted all the program files. I restarted my computer and installed Flash again. I was even able to watch a YouTube video afterwards, so I thought, great! but now it's done it again! I am just confused. It literally was working and now is not. Any suggestions? I usually use IE (I have NEVER been able to get Flash working on Firefox). Everything else is up to date, as far as I can tell.