How to Run and Update Adobe Flash Player in Firefox Portable

I recently decided to ditch the installed version of Firefox and rely solely on Firefox Portable Edition. Why? Because it was too much of a hassle to keep the installations on my laptop and desktop synced with my portable Firefox and I didn't want to rely on a third-party solution, especially one that relied on sending my data over the Web.

I had no problems converting over to only Firefox Portable save for updating Adobe Flash Player (AFP). AFP doesn't detect Firefox Portable; if you have an installed version of Firefox, Firefox Portable will use the AFP that is installed on the host computer. However, if there is no installed version of Firefox, then you'll have to employ this workaround:
  1. Download the latest version of AFP.
  2. Download the portable app called Universal Extractor by going to this FAQ page at The Portable Freeware Collection, reading the very first FAQ on that page regarding extracting files from an installer, and following the directions contained therein.
  3. Close any and all instances of Firefox.
  4. Use Universal Extractor to extract the component files of the AFP installation executable, install_flash_player.exe.
  5. Find flashplayer.xpt and NPSWF32.dll and copy them to the following locations within the Firefox Portable Edition directory:
    • Data/Plugins
    • App/DefaultData/Plugins
    • App/firefox/Plugins
In the alternative, you could simply install AFP on your computer by clicking on install_flash_player.exe and then following the resulting wizard.  After the wizard completes, you would finish the update by going to Windows/System32/Macromed/Flash and copying the two files listed above to the locations listed immediately above. However, I prefer the Universal Extractor method because it's easier and Universal Extractor will probably come in handy later.

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