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What is next-generation Java Plug-in and how can I switch between the old Java plug-in and new Java plug-in?


This article applies to:
  • Platform(s): Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP
  • Browser(s): Internet Explorer, Firefox
  • Java version(s): 6.0, 6u10+

Java 6 Update 10 (6u10) includes implementation of the next-generation Java Plug-in.

The next-generation Java Plug-In features:
  • Improved Windows support
  • Improved reliability and user experience
  • Improved Java/JavaScript communications
  • Built-in JNLP support
The Next-generation Java Plug-in - Windows
The next-generation Java Plug-in is enabled by default. However if there are issues running applets with the next-generation Java Plug-in, the user can switch to the old Java plug-in without any manual manipulation of the windows registry and moving files.


Configure the Java Plug-in through the Java Control Panel

Find the Java Control Panel

Windows 8
Use search to find the Control Panel
  • Press Windows logo key + W to open the Search charm to search settings
    OR
    Drag the Mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner of the screen, then click on the Search icon.
  • In the search box enter Java Control Panel
  • Click on Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.
Windows 7, Vista
  • Click on the Start button and then click on the Control Panel option.
  • In the Control Panel Search enter Java Control Panel.
  • Click on the Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.
Windows XP
  • Click on the Start button and then click on the Control Panel option.
  • Double click on the Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.


Mac OS X 10.7.3 and above

  • Click on Apple icon on upper left of screen.
  • Go to System Preferences
  • Click on the Java icon to access the Java Control Panel.

    Java Control Panel


Enable or Disable Plug-in for the Internet Explorer browser

  1. In the Java Control Panel, click on the Advanced tab.
  2. Expand the Java Plug-in option.
  3. Select the check box for Enable next-generation Java Plug-in.
  4. Click the OK button and restart the system.

Enable or Disable Plug-in for the Firefox 3.6 and above

  1. Launch the Firefox browser
  2. Click on the Tools > Add-ons Manager > Plugins > Java plugin
  3. Click on the Enable button if the Java plugin is disabled.

  4. Restart the browser

Note: Please visit Java Plug-in for Firefox (Mozilla) for more information.

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