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windows server 2012 missing flash player Internet explorer 10

I was trying to get selenium tests working on IE10 on a windows server 2012 box in EC2. The IE10 kept saying that flash player is not installed and gave get Adobe flash player link  but when I click it Adobe site says that IE 10 has flash installed. It gave me steps to go to Manage addons and enable Shockwave Flash or disable ActiveX filtering. But when I went to Manage addons I didnt found Shockwave Flash. I even tried installing the windows 8 update for flash player but that said this is not a valid installer for your machine.

Finally I found that I had to install windows server 2012 "Desktop experience" from add roles and features.

Installing it solved the issue.

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