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#1 kamerlet

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 05:59 PM

I have a HP Pavilion running XP and I'm trying to clean up the programs.

I thought I was automatically downloading Java updates as they came availabale but after reading other posts I see that I am not running the latest version: Java Version 6 update 15.


I currently have the following:

J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0
J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 11
J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 6
J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 9

Java 6 Update 13
Java 6 Update 2
Java 6 Update 3
Java 6 Update 5
Java 6 Update 7

Java SE Runtime Environment 6 update 1

My question: Should I remove all my old Java and J2SE before I install the update or do I need to keep any or all of the old Java/ J2SE?

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 06:17 PM

You used to have to remove old versions of Java but that has changed and new Java updates now get rid of the old version. You shouldn't have to do that anymore.

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 03:37 PM

AFAIK, the last few releases of Java, now at version 6 update 15, will only remove previous versions as far back as 6 update 11. You should only have the latest Java installed, so you will need to manually uninstall all the old versions you listed through add/remove in the control panel (don't forget to reboot after uninstalling).

A handy tool you may be interested in:
JavaRA.


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#4 kamerlet

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 11:55 AM

Thanks for the link RedDawn. Have you use this?

Has anyone out there use JavaRa or would it be better to just go to Add/Remove programs?

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 04:08 PM

I haven't personally used JavaRA due to some earlier incompatibility with Vista (which I use). I'm not sure if this has been fixed yet, but it is a legit program. I came across it from trusted sources who are experienced members here on BC and other forums I frequent.

If you feel more comfortable using the Add/Remove programs route, I would stick with that. either way will work.


Here are some instructions for JavaRa if you decide to try:
Download -- to your Desktop -- JavaRa.Zip from HERE or HERE.

Unzip the download. This will create a new Folder, JavaRa on your Desktop.
Double click this new Folder to open it, and double click the file within: JavaRa to execute the program.

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Click the button: Remove Older Versions.
Agree to the cleanup operation by clicking Yes. After a moment, a notice will appear that a log file has been produced. Click OK. Close the Notepad view that opens.
Click the button: Additional Tasks.
Choose these options:
Remove Useless JRE Files
Remove Startup Entry
Remove JavaRa Logfile
Click Go. When it finishes, click OK to close the panel, and then Exit the program.
Delete the download, and the unzipped folder and all contents.

Go to http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp and download the latest Java, which as of today is now Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 Update 16 (fifth download down on the page)


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Posted 11 August 2009 - 04:42 PM

Sounds like a good deal.

Thanks RedDawn. :thumbsup:
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Posted 11 August 2009 - 05:34 PM

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