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Newest Version Of Java Really Needed?

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#1 Davide


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Posted 10 July 2008 - 07:48 AM

The Java Setup-Welcome says: "Whether you are playing games or music, getting email on your mobile phone, checking out a webcam...Java can make it better."

Well, I don't use a mobile phone or use my dial-up-connected computer for any of those purposes. Of course I use regular e-mail (but not IM). I do have an occasional help-related online chat with an AOL tech (my ISP) and make an occasional online stock trade.

I'm thinking: At dial-up speed (I have Windows XP, Home Ed.), the download may take literally hours---I have no idea. Do I really need Java's latest version?

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 07:52 AM


here you go

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 07:58 AM

Hi Davide

Java updates are for security reasons, so yes, you should always get the latest version. They are standalone, so make sure you remove old versions from Control Panel ADD/REMOVE.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 09:36 AM

Java is so ubiquitous around the internet, that not updating your copy can be, although granted time-consuming, extremely dangerous.
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Posted 11 July 2008 - 03:53 PM

OK, I'll get the latest Java. Thanks, guys. I just wish I knew how long it'll take.

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 03:58 PM

What sort of internet connection do you have? Dialup? Cable? DSL?

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