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Java 8 Won't Update - Error Code 1603


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#1 F1Help

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Posted 29 July 2018 - 08:37 AM

Hi,

I am trying to update Java 8 to the latest version on my Window 7 Pro PC.  However, I persistently get this "fatal error" at the end of the install:

Error Code 1603: Java Update did not complete.
https://www.java.com/en/download/help/error_1603.xml

I've tried using numerous methods - the built-in Java updater, Ninite and PatchMyPC, and all give the same results.  I also tried temporarily disabling running apps in the background (such as Kaspersky AV) but it made no difference.  I don't recall having trouble installing Java in the past, so not sure why it has become a problem now.

So this leads onto a few questions:

1) How can I update Java 8 to the latest version without getting an error?

2) Do I really need Java installed anyway?  My only reason for installing it is that I frequently use OpenOffice and LibreOffice.  However, I only really use the basic spreadsheet and word processing functionality (not databases etc.).  Also, I can't see a valid reason why a modern web site would need to use Java.

3) Do I need to install a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Java, or both?  I am using a 64-bit PC with 64-bit Windows.  I had both 32-bit and 64-bit versions installed but it appears they were both uninstalled with PatchMyPC when attempting to update (it runs the Java uninstaller before attempting installation of the new version).

Thanks.



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Posted 29 July 2018 - 08:57 AM

Helllo and welcome! Java is considered a security risk and unless there is a specific need for you to use it, like e-banking or similar, I'd recommend uninstalling it.

 

If you'd like to keep it and update it, I am going to need log files to be able to assist you: https://www.java.com/en/download/help/log_files.xml

 

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Posted 29 July 2018 - 11:10 AM

Thanks for your reply.

I managed to successfully install Java (both 32-bit and 64-bit versions) by downloading and running the respective manual offline installers.  I noticed that both installers said they could not install to the default existing Java folder because a sub-folder with files was already there, so I manually moved that sub-folder away and installation completed successfully.  Perhaps this was why the automated updates were failing...






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