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Does Java need to be installed on a computer??

by Us- / March 22, 2010 2:48 PM PDT

Why do we need to have Java installed in our PC's?? I have 2 computers that do not have it installed at all, and have never had any issue viewing the websites I frequent, including this one.

Yet, our laptop came with it preinstalled, when I asked at the store, they said you have to have Java or you wont be able to see most of the sites on the internet since they told us java script is used all over.

Can someone shed some light on this


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Java is not Javascript.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2010 9:50 PM PDT

Hope the short answer will do here. While some sites do require Java, Javascript is built into most browsers so you don't have to install Java to get Javascript.

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Thanks for the confirmation
by Us- / March 24, 2010 1:25 PM PDT

Thank you,

I was sure it was not needed. However, as I stated I was told at the store, that you need to have it. I was thinking in my head; hmm have 2 PC's without Java installed and never had an issue and knew our browsers rendered all the pages just fine.

Once again, thanks.


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