There appears to be a Windows update which locks down the registry and prevents Flash updates from installing in certain circumstances.

If you do an XP install from the RTM CD, Flash 6 is installed automatically. Now do a full Windows Update and you will find some extra files in C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash. In addition, some of the registry entries under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D27......} have extra permission ACEs on them which DENY access to all users. This effectively stops updates from working.

If you build your PCs using RIS and shove out Flash 8 by MSI, then this should be OK as Flash 8 gets installed before any Windows Updates are applied. The update does not install if Flash 8 is installed (presumably it's more secure).

There are various threads on the Adobe and other sites which make no mention of the Microsoft patch. Do they really not know?!??

Anyone else had this or did I dream the whole thing?