There was a time when Adobe Flash was the king of the internet, and Microsoft wanted a piece of the pie. In a bid to make a breakthrough, the company came up with a tool known as Silverlight,.
When working with Microsoft Silverlight you may encounter the following scenarios:
Install Microsoft Silverlight
Upgrade to another version of Microsoft Silverlight
Uninstall Microsoft Silverlight
Microsoft Silverlight does not work as expected
Attempts to restart the computer and try to upgrade, install or uninstall Microsoft Silverlight again end in the same results.
This issue can occur if an existing installation or uninstall has become corrupt.
To automatically uninstall Microsoft Silverlight, click the button in the 'Fix it for me' section. If you would rather verify and update these keys yourself, go to the 'Let me fix it myself' section.
Note This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
Note If you are not currently using the computer that is experiencing this problem, you can save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD, and then you can run it later on the computer in question.
When the Fix it solution has completed, click the link below to install the latest version of Microsoft Silverlight:
To resolve this issue yourself, follow these steps:
Click Start and type Notepad in the Search box
Double-click on Notepad from the list of results above
Copy and then paste the following text into Notepad.
Click File and Save As and type CleanSilverlight.cmd
In the Save astype box, click All Files (*.*)
In the Save in box, click Desktop, and then click Save
On the File menu, click Exit
Right-click the CleanSilverlight.cmd file on your desktop and click Run as administrator
When the uninstall completes, right-click the CleanSilverlight.cmd file on your desktop and click Run as administrator a second time
Once the uninstall has completed, click the link below to install the latest version of Microsoft Silverlight
Delete the CleanSilverlight.cmd file from your desktop.
Have other questions? To obtain free support, check out our Microsoft Community. There, you can search for answers or ask other users specific questions. Click the following link to visit the Microsoft Community Forums: http://answers.microsoft.com
Questions specific to Silverlight
Microsoft Silverlight is a must-have browser plug-in developed to improve functionality of web sites such as Netflix. It is powered by the .NET Framework, bringing some of its functionality to online services.
The application is compatible with several browsers including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. It can be necessary to Silverlight installed to run some streaming services as it enables DRM content to be played.
Microsoft Silverlight features IIS Smooth Streaming, technology which helps high definition streaming playback on virtually any type of devices. The PivotViewer feature allows users to view and manipulate large amounts of data.
Other features of Microsoft Silverlight include Pixel Shader which improves and enhances graphics with blurs, dropshadows and other effects, 3D Graphics support and a number of other skinning and styling for display of high quality graphics.
All in all, Microsoft Silverlight is an excellent framework for web services and definitely a requirement to have in order to enjoy a variety of online services.
This download is licensed as freeware for the Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system on a laptop or desktop PC from media players without restrictions. Microsoft Silverlight 5.1.50918.0 is available to all software users as a free download for Windows.