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Why should I uninstall older versions of Java from my system?


This article applies to:
  • Platform(s): Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows Vista

Windows Users: Improve the security of your computer by checking for old versions of Java and removing them when you install Java 8 (8u20 and later versions) or by using the Java Uninstall Tool.

» Learn more about the Java Uninstall tool


The latest version of Java is always the recommended version as it contains feature updates, vulnerability fixes and performance improvements to previous versions. You can confirm that you have the latest version with the Java Verification page or manually checking the Java version.

Should I uninstall older versions of Java?

We highly recommend that you uninstall all older versions of Java from your system.
Keeping old versions of Java on your system presents a serious security risk.
Uninstalling older versions of Java from your system ensures that Java applications will run with the latest security and performance improvements on your system.

How can I remove older versions of Java?

Windows users can safely uninstall older versions of Java:

How do I remove Java from my computer?

Windows: You can uninstall versions of Java manually in the same way as you would uninstall any other software from your Windows computer. Follow the instructions on manually uninstalling Java for Windows.
» Mac uninstall Java instructions
» Linux uninstall Java instructions

Do I need older versions of Java?

The latest available version is compatible with the older versions. However, some Java applications (or applets) can indicate that they are dependent on a particular version, and may not run if you do not have that version installed. If an application or web page you access requires an older version of Java, you should report this to the provider/developer and request that they update the application to be compatible with all Java versions.


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