Posted on 2006-07-08
Last Modified: 2010-04-17

I have a new Acer computer, on the desk top the Acer factory installed an icon titled:  " Java web start"

My question is, what is this icon for, is it neccesary for the runing of the computer
or can I uninstall it.

Windows XP is installed on the computer.
Question by:Eaglek1
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Java Web Start is NOT required to run the computer.  It is only used for Stand-alone Java programs, and you can safely remove it from your computer.

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bpmurray earned 50 total points
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Java Web Start is a mechanism to deliver Java applications on demand to your machine and, as Arthur said, is not required for your machine to run correctly. Note that removing the icon from the desktop doesn't uninstall the program - it's merely a shortcut. Go ahead and delete it from the desktop; if anything needs that functionality, you'll still have it, and it won't be in your face.

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ID: 17067442
In Windows XP "Add/Reomove" page there is a listing of  "Java 2 Runtime Environment, SE v1.4.2_01"

Is the above program related to the shortcut " Java Web Start "

In other word if I uninstall " "Java 2 Runtime Environment, SE v1.4.2_01"
can my computer still function normaly, if so I would like to uninstall it because its size is large 107 MB
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The java runtime is used to run a lot of stuff - it's the central interpreter for all java. If you are absolutely certain that you will never want to run Java applets, and that none of the applications you use are written using Java, then you can uninstall it, but I would strongly recommend against it - it's just too difficult to be so certain.

Much more to the point is why are you trying to uninstall stuff & get space back - are you running out of space on your PC? It seems ludicrous that you should be having space problems on a new machine! If this really is an issue, I'd look elsewhere for the savings. It's much more likely that you'll clear even more space if you clear out your browser cache.
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Arthur_Wood earned 40 total points
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you will find thast there are lot of web sites (for example, take a look at this one, if you want to have your mind 'blown': that have embedded Java applets, that you may not be aware of.  Having the software already installed will make accessing these sites much easier.  Otherwise, you will need to download the same software the you are now asking about (and I presume contemplating un-installing).  Save yourself the future aggravation, and do not un-install this software.  It is ok to remove the shortcut from your desktop, if it really bothers you, but do not un-install the software itself.  I fully concur with the comments of bpmurray (#17067587) above.


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Ok I will keep the Java runtime even though its size is large 107 MB

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