Windows 8 and Windows RT ship with the new Internet Explorer 10 web browser which has two different modes. In desktop mode, it looks like… well, a desktop web browser. But you can also use the new Windows 8-style full-screen mode to use it more like a tablet browser.

The full-screen version supports swipe-based navigation with support for gestures that let you do things like switch between tabs. But there’s limited support for Adobe Flash in this mode.

It turns out there’s a hack for that.

Internet Explorer 10 Metro

Technically Internet Explorer 10 can support Flash on pretty much any website. But Microsoft maintains a white list of sites that are compatible with the browser’s full-screen mode.

If you visit a site that’s not on that list, Flash doesn’t work.

But xda-developers forum member Marvin_S figured out how to access the white list and add sites to it.

You can find all the details in his xda post, but ┬áin a nutshell you need to tell Internet Explorer not to get its list from Microsoft’s servers, then add any sites you want to access to the list on your computer and then delete your browsing history.

The trick works with both Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Since you’re turning off automatic updates, you’ll have to add any new sites manually. I suspect Microsoft’s list will get better over time. But if you can’t wait that long, it’s nice to have a way to use Flash in the full-screen, tablet-friendly version of Internet Explorer 10.

Windows 8 tablet users will also be able to install third party web browsers, but if you have a Windows RT tablet then Internet Explorer is pretty much the only game in town.

via xda-developers

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7 replies on “Windows 8/Windows RT browser hack: Use Flash on any website”

  1. My expectations on Internet Explorer 10 are much more “naive”. Hopefully IE10 would support CSS3. Don’t like Flash on any website, neither as a visitor nor as a web-designer.

  2. Hmm, I’m not sure I’m understanding this article correctly. You’re saying that when I click on a link for a website containing flash, the browser checks the site name against a whitelist created by Microsoft. If the site isn’t on the Microsoft approved list, then the website flash content isn’t shown.

    That seems really big-brotherish in so many ways…

    1. It’s a security feature, not big-brother. One of the things they’re pushing for with Windows 8 is better security.

      It’s working by the way as Microsoft Products are no Longer on Kaspersky Top 10 Vulnerabilities List… Flash is still in the top 10 though… So it’s actually a good idea to be careful how it’s used.

      Unless you want malware?

  3. So, in a nutshell, MS decides what (flash using) websites we can or cannot visit. This is getting better and better.
    Can’t visit a free website to watch tv series or sports anymore?
    Internet freedom, huh?
    Thanks XDA though.

    1. No, they just have a list of what sites are known safe to use Flash. If you want to be reckless and visit sites that can give you malware then the xda-developers got your back, at least until you get malware and then you’re on your own…

      Besides, for the W8/Pro, you can just load up a desktop browser and use the regular Flash plug-in. Limitation is primarily for Modern UI version as that doesn’t support Plug-Ins.

      1. I still find it hilarious that the Tablet UI now is called “Modern” concidering this picture:

        1. That’s perhaps the stupidest poorest comparison I’ve ever seen. You should be ashamed for posting such a worthless post.

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