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Java Install -- Add/Remove Programs

Posted on 2007-10-21
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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?
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CEHJ earned 200 total points
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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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simpswr earned 100 total points
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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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objects earned 100 total points
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you should uninstall *before* adding a new version.
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