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How can I find which version of Java is installed without running an applet in Windows?

This article applies to:
  • Platform(s): Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP
  • Java version(s): 6.0, 7.0

You can find the Java version:

Use any of these options if you are having trouble running applets to confirm that you have a specific Java version.

Java Version under Windows Start Menu - Java 7 Update 40 (7u40) and later versions

Starting with Java 7 Update 40, you can find the Java version through the Windows Start menu.
  1. Launch the Windows Start menu
  2. Click on Programs
  3. Find the Java program listing
  4. Click About Java to see the Java version

Java Version in the Java Control Panel

The Java version can be found in the Java Control Panel.

  1. Find the Java Control Panel in Windows
  2. Under the General tab in the Java Control Panel, the version is available through the About section. A dialog appears (after clicking About) showing the Java version.
Java version listed in the About Java dialog of the Java Control Panel

Java Version in Windows Programs

The latest version(s) of Java on your system will be listed as Java 7 with an associated Update number (eg. Java 7 Update 21). Older versions may be listed as Java(TM), Java Runtime Environment, Java SE, J2SE or Java 2.

Windows 8
  1. Right-click on the screen at bottom-left corner and choose the Control Panel from the pop-up menu.
  2. When the Control Panel appears, select Programs
  3. Click Programs and Features
  4. The installed Java version(s) are listed.
Windows 7 and Vista
  1. Click Start
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Select Programs
  4. Click Programs and Features
  5. The installed Java version(s) are listed.
Windows XP
  1. Click Start
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Click the Add/Remove Programs control panel icon
  4. The Add/Remove control panel displays a list of software on your system, including any Java versions that are on your computer.

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