Which java runtime?

By gbhall
Mar 10, 2008
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  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: 18,353

    2 ? There's way more than 2 ! http://www.sun.com/download/index.jsp

    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: 2,295   +44

    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: 18,353

    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: 2,295   +44

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

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Found it at last!!! That java page is sooo big
    This is your best link to use:
    http://java.com/en/download/installed.jsp

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

    Ironically it was on the same page that you were talking about:
    http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp
    I just didn't see the verify now link. (it's not easy you know!)

    Anyway, using this link http://java.com/en/download/installed.jsp you can get the updates missing, instead of updating without knowing.

    And I'm saving the link too :)
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