How To Switch Between Two Different Java Versions For Two Different 3rd Party Apps?

Posted on 2008-10-10
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There are two different 3rd party applications that use two different Java versions -- version 1.4.2_10 and 1.5.0_11 that we need to install on several user's boxes.

I would like to create a batch file (on an XP box) that will first switch the java versions and then run the applications.

What would that Java switching code look like?

Question by:jeffrey_b_lee
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First find out the value for this variable in your registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Runtime Environment\CurrentVersion

For this example we'll say it's 1.4

Under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Runtime Environment you'll likely see several different keys for the installed JRE versions.  On my system I have 1.3, 1.3.1_06, 1.4, and 1.4.2_17.  I'm interested in what the 1.4 key has for values.

If i export the 1.4 key to a file called jre14.reg I see it looks like this:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Runtime Environment\1.4]
"JavaHome"="C:\\Program Files\\Java\\j2re1.4.2_17"
"RuntimeLib"="C:\\Program Files\\Java\\j2re1.4.2_17\\bin\\client\\jvm.dll"

From this I can tell that my version in use is the 1.4.2_17 release.  So when you export the key that the CurrentVersion points to, you'll see what your in use version is.  Now make two copies of the file of the exported key that your CurrentVersion points to.  Then edit the first *.reg file to have the correct path to your installed 1.4.2_10 version and edit the second to have the correct path to your installed 1.5.0_11 version.  Name each file appropriately, such as jre142.reg and jre150.reg.

Now you just have to use the regedit command in your batch file to merge the required registry settings to support the desired jre version before you run your apps and then merge the other one back after.

Example batch file:

echo off
regedit /s jre142.reg
regedit /s jre150.reg

You may have to tweak some permissions, but it's usually not too techy.

Good Luck,

- gurutc
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jeffrey_b_lee--IE Tools|Internet Options|Advanced tab|Java section.  Check the box for the version you want to use.
Since switching by this method requires a reboot I wonder if a reboot would also be necessary using a batch file.
Those versions of Java are very much out of date.  1.6.0_07 now current.
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cool with me - gurutc

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