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Java update error

By kingkoll
Sep 1, 2010
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  1. Hello ladies and gentlemen.

    I recently tried to install the latest update of Java, and received a Java setup window with this message: "This software has already been installed on your computer. Would you like to reinstall it?"

    Clicking 'yes' results in this error message from Windows Installer: "this action is only valid for products that are currently installed"

    I've seen another thread with the same issue, but the solution was a little vague, so I was hoping someone might know some detailed steps to fix the problem.

    I've uninstalled every Java plug-in, update, and program I could find, but they haven't solved the issue. Running Vista.

    Suggestions?

    Thanks in advance,
    -K
     
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,443   +220

    Just checking but did you uninstall Java through Programs and Features?
     
  3. kingkoll

    kingkoll TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I did. I basically cleared out every mention of Java I could find, including in Programs and Features.
     
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,443   +220

    Use a registry cleaner such as the freeware Ccleaner to clear the registry. Once cleaned, try installing the latest Java version again.
     
  5. ruready2

    ruready2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 219

  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,426   +317

    Try using JavaRA which will properly clean out Java and then you can start over with the latest install
     


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