Windows – How to play SWF files without browser

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I like to play some downloaded Shockwave Flash (.SWF) files without opening my internet browser. Sometime ago, I remember I could do it just double clicking on the SWF item. Then it was opening in a plain Shockwave window. Now XP won't play ball. I tried Folder Options > File types but couldn't find the associated player exe. How can I surpass this?

Edit: There has to be some way to do this without a 3rd party software since I can already play SWFs on my browsers.

Best Answer

Update: You can use either the Windows Flash Player 13 Projector or the Flash Player 13 ActiveX control content debugger for IE, as suggested by Name and Doktoro Reichard.

Macromedia also used to have a standalone Shockwave/Flash player that they marketed as a gaming platform, but the last time I used it was probably around 2000, long before Adobe acquired Macromedia. I've tried finding it again several times over the past several years, but haven't had any luck. It seems to have been discontinued. Maybe if you spend enough time digging through the WayBackMachine, you'll find some reference to it, and can look it up by the exact product name.

If the above-mentioned solutions are discontinued, here's one more standalone SWF player to add to the list: (direct download link)