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How to: Enable Flash on Any Website w/ Metro IE10 (Windows RT)

November 5, 2012 3 Comments

When Microsoft announced that the Metro version of IE10 on Windows RT would not support flash on all websites, we were a bit let down. Flash works but only on the most popular sites that Microsoft has ok’d. Now TheNextWeb put up a simple workaround that will get you viewing flash on any website you want on Metro IE.

Here’s how to perform the hack yourself:

  1. Go to the desktop version of IE10,  hit the click ALT button on your keyboard, click on and then Compatibility View settings.
  2. Uncheck the last checkbox: “Download updated compatibility list from Microsoft”.
  3. Open the following file, which is your local version of the whitelist: “C:\Users\[USER_NAME]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\IECompatData\iecompatdata.xml”.
  4. Look for theandtags, between which the allowed domains will be listed.
  5. Add as many websites as you want using the others as a template: “FlashSiteYouWantToAllow.com.”

TheNextWeb also advises the following

TheThe reason this works is simple. First, you are stopping IE10 from getting the latest Compatibility View List, which Microsoft uses as a whitelist for Flash sites. Next, you’re just editing your local version of the list. You may want to clear your cache to make sure the changes stick.

The problem with this hack is that you won’t get future compatibility updates from Microsoft, which can be useful not just for Flash sites, but for making sure IE10 displays other sites as best as it can. Instead, we would recommend keeping a list of sites that you want to add, and every once in a while get the latest from Microsoft, and then disable updates and update your local list again.

 

There you go…  Simple

Thanks JN for the tip!

 

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