I’m not the first to admit it. I hate updating software on Windows. All the different installers clamoring for attention and constant updates needing this and that are annoying. The Linux apt system is much friendlier.
There are some ways of getting around this, though. Many essential apps have portable versions that can be upgraded together using PortableApps, and the Ninite installer is another option, if less elegant.
But some software is so integrated into things that it requires installation. Flash Player is one of these, and it is not portable if installed system-wide.
Is there a solution?
Yes. Some enterprising developers have stripped the flash package of useless bits and ported them as FireFox extensions or as simple plugins to be placed into a browser’s plugin directory.
Here’s a list:
- Portable Flash file (Rezjor)
- NO-IP unsigned FireFox extensions
- No-IP signed FireFox extension (32-bit)
- No-IP signed FireFox extension (64-bit, experimental)