Tip: Hack enables Adobe Flash in WindowsRT on any website

imageMicrosoft has chosen to support Adobe Flash in IE10 only on some selected sites in Windows RT.  While this results in a fast and responsive device, it does also mean that content on some sites not added to the white list are inaccessible.

If your favourite website is not in the approved list there is a simple hack available to add it.

  • Go to the desktop version of IE10, hit the click ALT button on your keyboard, click on and then Compatibility View settings.
  • Uncheck the last checkbox: “Download updated compatibility list from Microsoft”.
  • Open the following file, which is your local version of the whitelist: “C:\Users\[USER_NAME]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\IECompatData\iecompatdata.xml”.
  • Look for the and tags, between which the allowed domains will be listed.
  • Add as many websites as you want using the others as a template: “FlashSiteYouWantToAllow.com.”
  • It may be a good idea to allow Microsoft to update the compatibility list every once in a while and then add back your favourite websites, but otherwise the hack appears incredibly simple.

    Are any of our Surface-owning readers going to give it a try? Let us know below.

    Via TNW.com

    • http://twitter.com/revxx14 Jacob Bearce

      Well this is dissapointing. I thought a method to allow flash on every site was found. I had already heard about this. Oh well. Flash on my tablet isn’t that big of a deal anyway.

    • Simon

      I only could think of this to disable flash on most sites…
      It’s just annoying most of the time (ads)

      • Mar

        You can actually…

        Go to Manage Addons –> Tracking protection and download some lists. This will activate IE’s built in adblocker.

        My method (described here above) will just enable flash on any website you add to the whitelist (i.e. create your own whitelist).
        Hope it was helpfull, IE is great with the tracking protection, very fast.

    • Mar

      Glad to see the method I found popping up on news sites!

      For more info and direct feedback from me and other developers, please check the original thread here:


    • hkamel0724

      When visiting sites which use the mic and camera, it seems that every site can’t detect my surface rt camera or mic. Is there a solution for this?

      • http://dataved.ru/ Alexei Fedotov

        That’s very interesting question. Is there any answer around?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jermaine.aranar Jermaine Aranar

        have you gotten any solutions with this? I’m also facing the same issues.