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Java updates - How can I minimize the pain?

My Java Control Panel looks different than the one at

http://java.com/en/download/help/java_update.xml#sched 

I don't have the "Update" tab.

How can I keep Java on my machine, while minimizing the amount of time required to "babysit" it with constant updates?  I would prefer to never update it, but that's probably a glaring security issue.  What about once a month?

See attached screen snaps.

Thanks
2-questions-about-java.pdf
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Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
Once a month check is best. Although anything more than 6 months old should definately be upgraded.
The Applicaiton Installation is to do with Java apps which are launched by Java Web Start. Nothing to do with JRE updates.

See http://docs.oracle.com/javase/7/docs/technotes/guides/deployment/deployment-guide/jcp.html#advanced
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Dwight BaerAuthor Commented:
Great, thanks.

But how do I set my Java updates to once a month - I don't seem to have the "Update" tab?

My Java Control Panel is different than the one you mentioned in http://docs.oracle.com/javase/7/docs/technotes/guides/deployment/deployment-guide/jcp.html#advanced 

I have Windows 7 Ultimate, SP 1.

See attachment above, "2-questions-about-java.pdf"
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Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
It depends on which version of Java JRE you have. The 64 bit (x64) version does not have the update tab but the 32-bit (x86) version does. You can launch the 32 bit control panel from here:
C:\Program files (x86)\Java\JRE7\bin\javacpl.exe
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Dwight BaerAuthor Commented:
Wow.  Thanks.  I don't believe it, why would the 64-bit version remove that option but yet it works if you know the mysterious magical incantation to use?
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