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How do I install Java without third party sponsor offers?


This article applies to:
  • Platform(s): Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista
  • Java version(s): 7.0, 8.0

Releases of Java may provide a third party sponsor offer for users to install. If you wish to install Java without being presented any third party sponsor offers, there are a couple options.

Disable sponsors:
  • through the Java Control Panel (Recommended method)
    OR
  • by installing Java through a specific Command Prompt method

Disable Sponsors in the Java Control Panel (Recommended method)

Prior to the Java 7 Update 65 (7u65) release, to disable sponsor offers at the time of installation, the user could de-select the option during installation or can pass SPONSORS=0 as a commandline option. Starting with the 7u65 release, a new Java Control Panel (JCP) option to disable sponsors is available. To use this option, go to the JCP Advanced tab, and check or uncheck Suppress sponsor offers when updating Java. This option is applicable to 32- and 64-bit Windows operating systems.

Find the Java Control Panel

» Windows
» Mac OS X


Install Java through a specific Command Prompt to Disable Sponsor Offers

If you wish to install Java without being presented any third party sponsor offers, you can install Java using a specific Command Prompt method with a flag. By installing Java with this Command Prompt, the sponsor offerings are disabled for the current and future releases of Java.

Note: This Command Prompt method will not uninstall or remove the sponsors that have already installed but will prevent any future sponsor offerings. This procedure should be applied to 32bit, online installers, and is available in Java releases 7u55 and later. Applying the procedure to offline installers, or to installers released prior to 7u55 will not disable sponsor offers.

The procedure to install Java through the Command Prompt broadly consists of :
  1. Download the Online installer to your local system
  2. Install Java using the Command Prompt method
Download the Online installer to your local system
  1. Click on Windows Online installer.
  2. Click Save on the File Download dialog box.
  3. Choose the folder location and save the file to your local system.
    Tip: Save the file to a known location on your computer, for example, to your desktop or Download directory.
Install Java using the Command prompt method
  1. Click Start. In the Start Search box, type command.
  2. A list of matches will appear. click Command Prompt in the Programs list.
  3. To start the installation, in the Command Prompt window, navigate to the Downloads directory
    • cd Downloads
      then type:
    • jre-7u55-windows-i586-iftw.exe SPONSORS=0

    Here SPONSORS=0 is the flag that will disable sponsor offerings in Java updates.

    Command to start installation of Java

    Note: The example above shows Java version 7u55 is downloaded in the Downloads directory. If you have downloaded Java in another location you need to specify the correct directory.
  4. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

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