I have an old computer with old software (antivirus/antimalware always up-to-date!) with an old printer. I admit I am a dinosaur from the DOS days.
Last time I updated Flash Player, I said "yes" to the "remove previous versions" question which deleted flash.ocx from my computer which was necessary for HP C6280 All-in-one printer to run its Solution Center (nice GUI). Nothing happens when I double click it. I finally found an error message explaining it is unable to run because it uses flash.ocx, which is no longer provided by Adobe. After digging around, one possible solution is to put back flash.ocx by downloading an old version of Flashplayer.
I downloaded the fp7_archive.zip from Adobe developers' website because according to one suggestion, FP7 was the last to use flash.ocx. Flashplayer7r73_winax.exe is for Win2000 and XP. Will it run on Vista? How will that impact current drivers/files? Do I uninstall the current version, install fp7r73 version and then reinstall the current version?
HP recommends I reinstall all their printer software (circa 2009) which seems like an even bigger mess, since that is really old software and many updates ago. I don't think that will help the situation because the issue is with flash. (I have tried all their updates, printer doctor, and driver updates, just not a fresh install.) I worry about installing really old software over current configuration (ie current Microsoft, Firefox, anitvirus/antimalware, etc). What programs and drivers will it affect? Only the printer software or are there potentially any other compatibility issues?
Which is the better option?
Thanks for any help