i can tell you how i went about performing the installation after reading John's and Roger's posts.
[Note: You can skip some of the following procedure. Just click on the LAST LINK in this Post if you want, but you might want to read the entire Post first.]
i went to a website that i knew used Flash. in my case i went to
then i right clicked on the Flash display area (typically whatever car/advertisement appears in the top-center of the display) and select the "About..." context sensitive pop-up menu choice.
in my browser, a new tab was opened and the following WEBPAGE is loaded.
look on the page. it shows in an outlined box what version you currently have installed. below is a table for various platforms listing what the latest appropriate version available is.
if you don't have the latest appropriate version for your platform installed, you need to look very carefully in order to locate the carefully disguised "Player Download Center" hyperlink in the second text paragraph just above the table listing the platforms and version.
Here's a link to make it a bit easier
i just clicked that link, then clicked the "Download Now" button, and saved the installer to my hard drive. then, i ran the installer and voila' - near instant update; fast and painless.
after installing (can't remember if i restarted my Browser, but i think i did - drat this "old-timers"), i loaded the Bookmark i have to WildThings[gear].com and it worked fine.
hope this info helps. Post back if you have any problems. hopefully, someone more helpful than i will be able to assist you.