Windows® XP Java™ Update
How to update Java™ in Windows® XP platform?
Java™, developed by Sun Microsystems, is a programming language that enables users to do everything from viewing images, play games, videos etc. Hence, it is imperative to keep updated version installed to your computer in order to view and use all websites properly. Since Java™ has been around for many years, the developers keep updating its versions and it is designed to run on any system. With its cross-platform versatility, Java™ is used across the World Wide Web. Some of the Java™ applets may only run on the latest versions. In that case, if your Windows® XP-based computer has a fairly current version of Java™, chances are that the software tries to keep updating. Often, you might have noticed a small Java™ icon and pop-up message saying “Java™ update ready to be installed”. If you do not receive automatic update, you need to manually update Java™ on your Windows® XP machines. Here are tips on how to choose the right version of Java™ and how to update the Java™ on your system:
- Which version of Java™ Runtime Environment to be installed
- Disable Java™ updates
- How to update Java™ in Windows® XP
Which version of Java™ Runtime Environment to be installed
Open ‘Control Panel’ from the ‘Start’ menu. There, you need to double-click on the Java™ to explore Java™ Control Panel. You can find out the version number either in the ‘About Tab’ or in the ‘General tab’ of Java™ Control Panel. The later or 1.5 version of Java™ can be located from the ‘About Java™’ section under the General tab. Once you can determine the right version to be loaded, you can download Java™ Runtime Environment updates from the main Java™ site or through any Java™ automatic update client site.
Disable Java™ updates
If you want to manually update Java™ in your Windows® XP computer, you need to disable the Java™ Update Scheduler. Automatic update scheduler slows down your computer as well by increasing boot time since the scheduler starts checking for updates as soon as the machine goes online. It also pre-downloads some of the installers. Especially, an old machine takes long minutes to run the Java™ updates after it has been detected and wears down the hard drive. That’s why, the way to update Java™ is manually visit the Sun Microsystem’s website and download it. Go to Control Panel to disable automatic update of Java™ in a Windows® XP computer. Click on the ‘Update’ tab and deactivate the box saying ‘Check for Updates Automatically’. After you have disabled Java™ updates, make sure you upgrade the software one in two months.
Visit the Java™ website and select the ‘download’ option from the top of the page. Now, click ‘Install’ when you are prompted. You need to go to the manual installation page if the install prompt does not appear. There, view the license agreement and you need to ‘Agree’ to it to just start the installation process. The message ‘Finish’ comes as soon as Java™ is successfully installed to your Windows® XP computer.
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