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How to uninstall old Java? (Corrupt Add/Remove)

by CesiaS / March 23, 2006 6:55 AM PST

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Marianna Schmudlach writes

''You MUST do this as part of the cleaning process
go to & download the latest version of java install it & then go to add/remove programs and UNINSTALL ALL previous versions of sun java''.

I have a corrupt Add/Remove
I have ''Java 2 Runtime Environment SE 1.4.2 entry in Add/Remove but NO ''Remove'' button and NO folder for this version in the registry...\CurrentVersion
\Uninstall\<Program Name string>

I installed the newest version of Java and have a Remove button for it. In C:\Program Files\Java I have now 2 folders jre1.5.0_06 and old j2re1.4.2
Could I simply delete the j2re1.4.2 folder and clean what's left with CCleaner?? What could be the consequences of this action?

I dealt with corrupt Add/Remove by reinstalling the majority of software but do not know how to deal with this.

I have Win XP sp2 with all the relevant updates, use Firefox, Zone Alarm and have all the recommended antispyware ( AdAware SE, SpybotSD, Spyblaster, Ewido, Windows Defender ) and CCleaner installed.
Thank you

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Re: Java uninstall
by Kees Bakker / March 23, 2006 7:02 AM PST


If the higher version works, you can indeed simply delete the lower version folder, in my experience. Leave it in the recycle bin until you're sure.


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Thank you
by CesiaS / March 23, 2006 1:21 PM PST
In reply to: Re: Java uninstall

I deleted the folder, so far no problem.

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