General troubleshooting for Advent Calendar and Circus

If you are having a problem with the operation or installation of the Advent Calendar or Circus, and if your problem is not described in more specific detail elsewhere in our FAQs, please try the following sequence of steps to uninstall and re-install the software. This should clear up most common problems.

  1. Review your security settings. There are a large number of security programs available and sadly we cannot give specific advice for each one, but you will need to check your anti-virus and/or firewall programs, and in each case verify that your system is not blocking downloads from or
  2. Uninstall any existing copy of the Advent Calendar or Circus from your computer. Please click here and follow the instructions.
  3. Download and install Adobe AIR directly from the Adobe website. Please click here and follow the instructions.
  4. Ensure you have the most up-to-date Flash Player. Please click here and follow the instructions.
  5. Restart your computer.
  6. Re-install the Advent Calendar or Circus. Please click here and follow the instructions.
  7. Restart your computer again. Please power down your computer and wait a couple of minutes before switching it back on. When your computer comes back on, don't immediately try to view the Advent Calendar. Wait another couple of minutes, until everything is quiet and all the initialisation processes have completed.

Finally, please note that our Advent Calendars are also available in a web-based version, which runs in your normal Internet browser and does not require Adobe AIR. (Unfortunately this option is not available for the Circus.) If despite all your efforts you're unable to get the AIR version to work on your computer, please try the browser version. Please click here for more details.

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