Java Install -- Add/Remove Programs

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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pghzooitAsked:
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CEHJConnect With a Mentor Commented:
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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pghzooitAuthor Commented:
Therefore, I can uninstall everything except the latest version?
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davisnwConnect With a Mentor Commented:
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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simpswrConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I usually uninstall everything Jave in Add/Remove Programs . . delete the Java folder in My Programs . . restart and then install the newest version.  

http://www.filehippo.com/download_java_runtime/
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objectsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
you should uninstall *before* adding a new version.
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CEHJCommented:
:-)
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