Which java runtime?

By gbhall
Mar 10, 2008
  1. A couple of days ago I received a CERT advisory telling me Sun Java is full of security holes, and advising an update to version 6 issue 5. So I happily go to Suns download page, only to find there are TWO versions available for Windows, called ONLINE and OFFLINE, without a WORD of explaination as to why I would want either one or the other.

    I assume the smallest one would be ok, but what are these people thinking??
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    2 ? There's way more than 2 !

    Offline means download and install later (or copy to CD and install on another)

    Usually you ae better to go to Control Panel --> Java and update from there.

    There was a link to check your Jave version and update online, but I've seemed to have lost it. It's somewhere on the java page.
  3. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,425   +77

    Sure there are lots of downloads, but only two are Java runtime for Windows XP.

    But thanks for telling me that one is for 'proper' installation. These are the ones I always like to have, since I can apply or re-apply to more than one PC very easily.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Just a reminder on Java installs (even offline on other computers)
    It is always wise to make a restore point first. Java is quite big, if you happen to have any issues with your computer, java tends to enhance them (in a bad way) I've found.

    Normally on a good working system, Java updating (if required) is not an issue though.
  5. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,425   +77

    Thanks kimsland - sound advice, I set a restore point.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Found it at last!!! That java page is sooo big
    This is your best link to use:

    It will verify, and then tell you what to install.

    Ironically it was on the same page that you were talking about:
    I just didn't see the verify now link. (it's not easy you know!)

    Anyway, using this link you can get the updates missing, instead of updating without knowing.

    And I'm saving the link too :)
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