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Well is this the first time you have tried using Magento? If so there may be some incompatibilities with the server you are on. You may want to try contacting your hosting provider about this to see whether they have any way of resolving it.
I upgraded through SSH. Upgraded everything and reinstalled Flash. Then I tried it in IE, and it worked. Then I saw the code through FireBug was no recognizing the Flash player as being installed for whatever reason. I had my computer on for several days with sleeping it about 10 times in those days and a good restart kicked it in. So I think it was my computer on the fritz for the second half. Although the problem did exist with other computers and those in the #magento irc room.
However, it seems to be fine now. Not exactly sure why but whatever.