What is Java Auto Update? How do I change notify settings?
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What is Java Auto Update? How does automatic update work?
Java Update is a feature that keeps your Windows computer up-to-date with the latest Java releases. When you have auto update enabled, your system periodically checks for new versions of Java. When a new version is found we ask your permission to upgrade your Java installation.
Does updating from Java 6 to Java 7 remove any previous versions?
Yes, updating to Java 7, using Auto Update or updating through the Java Control Panel, will remove the highest version of Java 6 installed. Java 6 has reached its End of Public Updates, which means there will be no further public secure updates for Java 6. It is recommended that Java 6 be removed from your computer to make it more secure.
How can I keep Java 6 on my computer while installing Java 7?
If you have Java 6 installed, then download and install Java 7 from java.com, Java 6 will remain on your computer.
How can I use Java 6 if it was removed during Auto Update to Java 7?
If Java 6 has been removed from your computer and you would like to use Java 6, it can be downloaded from the Java 6 download page on java.com.
Note: Oracle strongly recommends leaving only up-to-date versions of Java on desktops. Keeping old and unsupported versions of Java on your system presents a serious security risk.
How do I change how often I am notified about new Java versions?Change the update schedule through the Advanced settings of the Update tab.
Typically, you will be notified of the update within a month of its release. However, if an update is considered critical, you will be notified within a week of its release.
Why shouldn't I disable the notifications?
By enabling your system to check for the latest version, you keep your system secure with the latest patch updates. We strongly recommend that you do not disable the update feature. Instead, change preferences for how often you'd like to be notified of newer versions. The default setting is to notify on a monthly basis.
How do I configure my system to automatically download newer Java versions?
Use the Notify Me option under the Update tab of the Java Control Panel.
Why can't I change the Update settings?
The ability to make changes to the Update tab may not be enabled if you are not logged in as administrator or if your network administrator has disabled that feature during installation.
Why is the Update tab missing from the Java Control Panel?
Java Auto Update is currently not available for 64-bit versions of Java. 64-bit versions of Java do not include the Update tab in the Java Control Panel.
How do I install the update?
When you are notified of a newer version, click on the notification message to start the update process.
Why aren't my update settings saved?
See Java update settings are not saved in the Java control panel for more information and a workaround.
Why am I notified each time I restart my computer?
If you have not responded to the notification, you may receive the prompt to update as well as the User Account Control (UAC) consent if you are using Windows 7 or Windows Vista. You may want to check the scheduled settings to change the frequency of the notifications.
Java Update Options
Alternatively, you can go Java.com to get the latest Java version.
Windows 7 and Vista: Depending on your settings, you may be presented with a User Account Control (UAC) dialog, related to the Update notification. You will need to permit Windows to allow the Update process to continue.
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