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Is Java Needed?

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#1 null__


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 01:13 PM

Just what the title says, is Java needed on most machines? Every computer I setup for customers I install Java on. Is this a thing of the past or is it still needed?

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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 06:56 PM

In general it is not needed on private computers. There are still some applications that need it, and if you are programming in Java then you need the JRE but in general, no.


Having said that, my favourite small game requires the JRE to operate !


If you need it it is easy enough to install, I would not install it as a matter of routine.


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#3 Struppigel


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 01:50 AM

I agree with Chris here. Some programmes will need the Java runtime, but these will usually install or ship the runtime with them, if it is not there. There is no need to install Java preemptively. It just opens up some more infection vectors.

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 06:46 PM

As stated its not required for normal use , i havent used for years on my daily used laptop , but sometimes i will install on desktop for when its needed.

Any PCs i repair i never install Java { same goes for Adobe Flash } as this may compromise those PCs in the future or the possibility.

If for any reason they think they need them { i tell them NO ! } its there choice to install.

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 09:26 PM

There were a couple of sites which usage required Java.  One of them was some language exchange site (its name I no longer remember) and another was the screencast-o-matic page for making screen recordings.  Now about screencast-o-matic, one can download a program for making screen recordings from them and then no longer need to have Java installed on the machine.  


One or two of the alternative Office type programs requires the use of Java for certain features to work.  Again, I do not any longer remember which of those Office programs these were/or are.  


I have NO Java installed on my (those which are really mine) computers, and I miss nothing about Java.  

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 01:18 AM

you didnt say where you're setting it up for and for what


no for me never need it

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