Use Windows RT Flash Player Tool to add more websites to IE10's whitelist

Even though the perennial platform has passed its peak and is slowly replaced by more modern standards, Microsoft actively supports Flash in Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8/RT. The browser can display Flash content, albeit on a limited number of websites. For those people who wish to enable it in non-supported locations, the Windows RT Flash Player Tool comes to the rescue without having to manually edit the whitelist.

Windows RT Flash Player Tool is designed for the Modern UI version of Internet Explorer 10 found in Windows 8 and Windows RT as well as the desktop variant for the tablet operating system. The tool, a BAT file with the necessary commands to automate the process on behalf of the user, goes about its business of enabling Flash support on non-supported websites by modifying the included whitelist that comprises of only Microsoft-approved entries by default.

In order to add a website to the whitelist, users must open Windows RT Flash Player Tool and input option "3" -- "Add a Website to your Whitelist". Then simply type in the name of the domain, as in "betanews.com" without "http" or "www" in front of it.

Users can also choose to revert to the factory default settings and enable auto-updates for the whitelist, as well as use a custom whitelist without auto-updates instead.

There are some caveats, though. Windows RT Flash Player Tool removes stored log-in information in order to add a non-supported domain to the whitelist, forcing users to re-add their personal data with every new entry. Also, applying a change to the whitelist (like adding a new domain) takes roughly two minutes. Both issues will be fixed, according to the developer.

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