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Java Update Failure

Java is a computer programming language first introduced in 1995.  According to Oracle, the developer of Java;

“Java runs on more than 850 million personal computers worldwide, and on billions of devices worldwide, including mobile and TV devices”

I suppose that when there are that many things dependent upon Java, it’s only a matter of time before some glitches appear.  Such appears to be the case with Java Updater; at least for some Windows products.

The Java update failure is actually a few years old! I believe it born out of disputes between Microsoft and Oracle – Microsoft doesn’t like to share some of it’s inner workings and how developers can work with it.  And, the ones that pay the price in aggravation are you and me, the very ones that use and pay for their products.

Not everyone seems to have the problem.  It seems to plague Windows operating systems primarily.  And those users that have taken steps to protect their computers by not giving Administrative privileges to all users.  (A wise thing to do in my opinion.)   For those people, they will notice that shortly after start up, Java Updater will notify them that there is an update available and encourage the user to update.  After the update is approved, they are advised that the update failed.

This goes on for days, weeks, and months.  The user is finally so frustrated they do a Google search for answers and that’s probably how you came to find this post.

Well, I have some good news, and some bad news for you.  The good news is that I have a fix for you.  The bad news is that it may not be a permanent fix; you may ave to repeat periodically until Java finally figures out how to deal with it.

You do not want to ignore the updates.  Most often the update is required because some ass hole in the Ukraine with nothing better to do has figured out a way to exploit some weakness in the older version of Java and screw with your computer.  (I am convinced that there is a deep, dark and horrible place in hell waiting for these people.)

So, here’s what you you do.  Visit the Java site itself where you test if you have Java on your computer, and if it’s up to date.  Go to http://java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp They will have the current instructions on how to get rid of older versions of Java on your computer, and install the current version.

As of this writing, the procedure is to remove old Java the same way you remove other programs in your computer control panel.  Then, download and install the newest version recommended for your system.

They claim that the updater on the newer versions will operate properly.  I personally have my doubts.  This has been a pretty big deal in the computing world for quite some time.  If there had been a genuine solution it would require that Microsoft would have to play nice with others and Java admit that they had a problem in the first place.  Neither has happened.  So, I think this problem will be with us for a while longer.

You are welcome to write about your own experience in the comments area below.

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