For some strange reason (I can remember version 5.0 of the JRE, bundled with my PC used to work) all new Java updates do not work properly on my PC.
They all install correctly but then the following happens;
Java Control Panel (from Control Panel) does not open. You double-click on it and nothing happens.
Java applets do not run properly; When you open a web page with a Java applet, you can see the Java loading animation, then nothing happens....Just a white rectangle where the applet should be. The Java icon is also visible in the taskbar, but when you right-click on it to e.g. Show Console, nothing happens.
If you open cmd and type java, you get the correct info.
I have tried a webpage recommended on another article in experts exchange that shows an applet displaying your JRE information, and it works (ie. displays everything).
The applets behave in the same way in IE, Safari and Chrome - As a last resort I tried unchecking Sun JRE 6 from IE Advanced Options, then all applets were displayed with the icon you get when a picture or other object is not available. Re-enabling it and restarting IE however did not do the trick - now its as if there is no JRE installed. I have un-installed and re-installed the JRE a zillion times but nothing...
Any ideas pls, as I am about to start hitting my head on the wall...