That may be true, but the fact remains that when I am using JFW 7, I am
getting those annoying requests to download Flash (which I do not have
installed) and when I use JFW 5.1, I don't have this problem. Both versions
have the JAWS config set to ignore flash, but version 7 still allows those
flash download requests to show.
I may be wrong, but it sounds to me as if you may be confusing the functions of Jaws with the functions of your browser. When you set Jaws to ignore Flash, you aren't instructing Windows or your browser in any way at all. In other words, you're not preventing Flash displays from loading with a Web page and displaying. All you're doing is setting Jaws to ignore (skip over) such displays. So that won't speed up anything as you may be imagining. It will just keep your virtual cursor from getting hung up in the Flash display, trapped there while you wait for the little movie or whatever to finish so that the Flash display will disappear and leave the page accessible again.
I think it's extremely important to be able to distinguish between what's a jaws function and what's a regular computer function. I'm not presuming you aren't clear about this, but I have to at least suggest it, because on this list I've seen several people confuse, say, a Word setting or function with Jaws, and this makes it harder than necessary for them to solve a problem until they get clear about which application is doing what.