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Should I remove earlier versions of Java?

by Rosemere / August 18, 2006 11:06 PM PDT

I have a Dell dimennsion 4600 Memory 256 Physical Memory Available 29.11.

Below is what is On my computer, XP Home

Java Web Start
Java 2 Runtime Environment SE v1c4.2_06 130.00 MB
Java 2 Runtime Environment SE v1c4.2_04 130.00 MB
Java 2 Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 1 143.00 MB
Java 2 Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 2 143.00 MB
Java 2 Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 4 143.00 MB
Java 2 Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 6 143.00 MB

It seems this computer is starting to collect too much garbage and I was wondering what I can delete from the above. If I delete from Add/Remove where else should I also Delete from. I use mainly IE version 6. The odd time FF.

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delete them all - there is a newer version of jre(Java) link
by DarCLew2 / August 18, 2006 11:23 PM PDT
This is Java Runtime Enviorment Satndard Edition 1.5.0 Update 8 or you can download it from Use the custom for the smaller of the choices, typical is all languages. Darrell Lewis
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Removing and Updating Java
by Bugbatter / August 19, 2006 3:54 AM PDT

Steps to remove older version Java components:

1. Close any open programs you may have running, especially your web
2. Click Start > Control Panel
* Depending on your OS or configuration, you may have to click Start
> Settings > Control Panel
3. Open Add or Remove Programs
4. Click once on any item listing Java Runtime Environment in the name
* Not every version of Java will begin with ''Java'' so be sure to read
each entry in the list
5. Click the Remove or Change/Remove button
6. Follow steps 4 and 5 as many times as necessary to remove all
versions of Java. ** If at any time during the uninstallations, you are asked to reboot, do so. Then return to Add/Remove and continue removing any other versions of Java until all components of Java have been removed.
7. Delete the Java folder in Program Files.
8. Proceed with reinstalling Java. You will need to use Internet Explorer for this.
Go to and click the link to download the Windows (Offline Installation) package: Save it, do not run it.

When the download is complete, close the browser and install it.

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Java Old versions removed no problem
by Rosemere / August 20, 2006 12:09 AM PDT

Thank you for the explicit Directions. I copied, pasted and followed to a Tee with no problem. At least a little clutter gone from the computer.

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You're Welcome
by Bugbatter / August 20, 2006 7:39 AM PDT

You are very welcome, Rosemere.
I'm all for staying updated, secure, and cleaning clutter! Happy

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That depends on you
by kwokwai -space4english / August 19, 2006 5:41 PM PDT

I have been using the 1.42 version for 2 yrs for Java web application (that's JSP).

If the version you are using is good enough for your daily works, then you don't have to get a later version.

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A Definite Security Risk
by Bugbatter / August 20, 2006 7:41 AM PDT
In reply to: That depends on you

Having an outdated version of Java can make you susceptible to a number of infections - Vundo, to name one.

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Easy to amass clutter with this one!
by seafox13 / August 20, 2006 8:33 AM PDT

When the newer versions of Java are installed, they do so independently of the incumbent version, rather than modifying or erasing it.
Consequently, you may have 3, 4, or more, very large bloated files hogging space on your drive, if you fail to delete the superseded versions. I know that I did!

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