Java Install -- Add/Remove Programs

Posted on 2007-10-21
Last Modified: 2013-11-23
Can anyone provide some insight on the multiple Java installs that appear in Add/Remove Programs in Windows XP after updating to the latest version of Java?  They are over 100MB a piece.  Can you uninstall all the old versions? If so does the order of uninstall matter?
Question by:pghzooit
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    Accepted Solution

    You can install anything that's not being used, but be careful you're removing the right one(s).

    The most active version should be given by

    java -version
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    Therefore, I can uninstall everything except the latest version?
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    Generally speaking, yes, you can remove the earlier versions.  The only caveat is if you have a program that relies on a specific version (e.g. because of a bug in the old or new version) but that is pretty rare.
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    I usually uninstall everything Jave in Add/Remove Programs . . delete the Java folder in My Programs . . restart and then install the newest version.
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    Assisted Solution

    you should uninstall *before* adding a new version.
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