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Should I update Java?


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#1 -KiKi-

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 05:43 PM

For the past few days now, whenever I boot my computer, a Java update notice pops up in my taskbar. I always close it out whenever it pops up.

It seems like I can't opt out of the notice popping up everytime. I think the notice isn't going to stop popping up unless I update Java.

Is it necessary that I update Java, or can I just keep ignoring it?

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 05:52 PM

You might want to update in this case as I believe the latest version of Java plugs some security holes. The only problem is that unlike most other programs, Java doesn't install over the old version. You have to go in manually and uninstall old versions. I recently started using Revo Uninstaller to do stuff like that and it is a really good product. You might want to check it out.



http://www.revouninstaller.com/

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 03:05 PM

You might want to update in this case as I believe the latest version of Java plugs some security holes. The only problem is that unlike most other programs, Java doesn't install over the old version. You have to go in manually and uninstall old versions. I recently started using Revo Uninstaller to do stuff like that and it is a really good product. You might want to check it out.



http://www.revouninstaller.com/

Okay..can you explain exactly how Revo works? When and how should I run it, and exactly what all does it do?

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 04:04 PM

It is generally recommended to have the latest Java version installed

This link should assist you to update to your latest Java

http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp
Do not forget though to also

>Close any programs you may have running - especially your web browser.
>Go to Start > Control Panel double-click on Add or Remove Programs and remove all older versions of Java.
>Check any item with Java Runtime Environment (JRE or J2SE) in the name.
- Examples of older versions in Add or Remove Programs:
Java 2 Runtime Environment, SE v1.4.2
J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0
J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 2

>Click the Remove or Change/Remove button.
>Repeat as many times as necessary to remove each Java versions.
>Reboot your computer once all Java components are removed.
>Then from your desktop double-click on the Java version that you downloaded to install the newest version.
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Posted 01 April 2009 - 04:26 PM

It is generally recommended to have the latest Java version installed

This link should assist you to update to your latest Java

http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp
Do not forget though to also

>Close any programs you may have running - especially your web browser.
>Go to Start > Control Panel double-click on Add or Remove Programs and remove all older versions of Java.
>Check any item with Java Runtime Environment (JRE or J2SE) in the name.
- Examples of older versions in Add or Remove Programs:
Java 2 Runtime Environment, SE v1.4.2
J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0
J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 2

>Click the Remove or Change/Remove button.
>Repeat as many times as necessary to remove each Java versions.
>Reboot your computer once all Java components are removed.
>Then from your desktop double-click on the Java version that you downloaded to install the newest version.
:thumbsup:

I did all of this the other day, but thanks anyway. :flowers: This will also be helpful for others who need to do this.

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 04:35 PM

It is generally recommended to have the latest Java version installed

This link should assist you to update to your latest Java

http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp
Do not forget though to also

>Close any programs you may have running - especially your web browser.
>Go to Start > Control Panel double-click on Add or Remove Programs and remove all older versions of Java.
>Check any item with Java Runtime Environment (JRE or J2SE) in the name.
- Examples of older versions in Add or Remove Programs:
Java 2 Runtime Environment, SE v1.4.2
J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0
J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 2

>Click the Remove or Change/Remove button.
>Repeat as many times as necessary to remove each Java versions.
>Reboot your computer once all Java components are removed.
>Then from your desktop double-click on the Java version that you downloaded to install the newest version.
:thumbsup:

I did all of this the other day, but thanks anyway. :flowers: This will also be helpful for others who need to do this.

:inlove: :trumpet:

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 06:17 PM

You might want to update in this case as I believe the latest version of Java plugs some security holes. The only problem is that unlike most other programs, Java doesn't install over the old version. You have to go in manually and uninstall old versions. I recently started using Revo Uninstaller to do stuff like that and it is a really good product. You might want to check it out.



http://www.revouninstaller.com/

Okay..can you explain exactly how Revo works? When and how should I run it, and exactly what all does it do?



I suggest you read the tutorial of any program that you may want to install. But what Revo does is completely remove a program. When you uninstall from Add/Remove Programs, stuff is left behind in the registry and other areas. Revo just uninstalls completely.




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