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by WestyD / February 16, 2011 6:38 AM PST

New java 6 update 24 is now out. I have 6 update 23. When I go to the java site it says you should always remove the older java first.
So do I have to
1. Remove java from my PC (Windows Vista) through add/remove programs ?

2. Just go to and install it over the top of the 6 Update 23?

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(NT) I vote for option 1.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2011 6:41 AM PST
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(NT) Me Too... I Uninstall The Old, Then Install The New
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 16, 2011 6:59 AM PST
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by WestyD / February 16, 2011 7:16 AM PST

thats always how I do it, but I read so many folks who say the newer versions clean out the previous one

One last question- when you uninstall it manually, does it seem to take awhile before the computer stops running? By running I mean as soon as I uninstall it the activity light on the computer seems to "run" ( light flashing steady/steady stream) for at least 15 minutes+

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I've Not Noticed More Than A Few Seconds Of...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 16, 2011 7:26 AM PST
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...memory activity.. Usually, as soon as I uninstall, I close the "Add/Remove Programs" screen, then I run the new standalone offline installer. At this point, I've performed this process on about 50 Windows XP and Windows 7 machines and they all seem very similar.. If there was any real issue with memory or system processes being tied up, then the new installation would proceed. In my case, all proceeded quickly and normally.

And just a note, on the newest Java versions, if you leave the "auto-updater" enabled, the update process 'should' automatically remove the old before installing the new updated version. In your case, it sounded as if you were going to be installing a downloaded version of the offline java installer.

Hope this helps.


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Either should work
by Jimmy Greystone / February 16, 2011 9:12 AM PST
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Either should work. Those notices are really just kind of something the front line tech support can point to when people contact them with install issues. And once upon a time, back when Sun still existed as a separate company, they would leave the old JRE installed and then also install the new one. Potentially useful for developers, virtually useless for users. They stopped doing that a long time ago, and I doubt Oracle will be at all inclined to revive the practice.

Part of the install process will either uninstall the old one, or just overwrite whatever files are newer in the new version. In the rare and unlikely event you run into a problem somewhere down the road, you can uninstall everything then reinstall, but for the most part this is a case of being overly anal if you even really think about it at all.

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