Former Writer · Jan 25, 2013 at 05:00 pm

Windows RT Whitelist Tool Provides Quick, Easy Way to Enable Flash for Certain Sites

For those who don’t know, Internet Explorer 10 has what is called a Whitelist. The Whitelist determines which websites Internet Explorer allows Flash for. For instance, if you went to a Flash heavy site and it wasn’t on the Whitelist, none of the Flash content would load. This is a real pain for those who either enjoy Internet Explorer or have to use it due to lack of replacement browsers on Windows RT. We’ve previously covered a way to to add sites to the Whitelist manually. Now, there is a script that will help make it much easier.

XDA Forum Member TheDroidKid released the script, presumably based on the prior work linked above. As stated, this can be immensely helpful for people who have to use Internet Explorer. It’s pretty easy to run, and it’s a simple .bat script that opens up to a menu driven command prompt window.

To get to the interface, just open the script. It is recommended that users reset their Whitelist settings before actually doing anything. This not only allows users to start from scratch, but it also prevents the list from auto-updating, which would delete all your hard work. After that, it’s a matter of choosing the proper menu item to add new websites. Then, just type in the URL of the website you need Flash support for. After adding the site to the list, the script will clear browser cache to prevent further issues. Finally, you can open up that site and Flash content will play. There is also an option to load a custom Whitelist included with the script. TheDroidKid doesn’t mention what sites are included with this custom Whitelist, but it’s likely a number of popular streaming video websites.

There are a few caveats. It can take up to two to two and a half minutes for a change to apply, which can be tedious if you’ve got a long list of sites to add. Also, as some users have reported, deleting the browser cache will remove any active log ins. So if you’re logged into Facebook and then use this script, you’ll have to log in again.

If you have a Microsoft Surface, this is yet another essential tool. The idea that Internet Explorer even has a whitelist like this is a bit off-putting  as Microsoft has no idea what Flash enabled sites people like to use. If they did, tools like this wouldn’t exist. To get more Flash enabled websites in your life, check out the Whitelist script thread.


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