The Java Uninstall tool helps you improve your computer security by simplifying the process of finding and uninstalling versions of Java. The Uninstall tool shows you a list of the Java versions on your computer and then allows you to select which versions to remove.
Operating system: Windows
Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012
Browsers: Not browser specific
Java version: Can remove Java versions 1.4.2 and above.
Does not require Java to run the tool.
Other: Tool must be run online - see note
Java Uninstall Tool Update. The modified tool no longer requires Java. The previous tool ran as a Java applet. We recommend that you update bookmarks to the latest version of the Uninstall Tool
The tool requires an internet connection because it checks for the latest version of the tool.
If you use a proxy to access the internet, ensure that your proxy is correctly set in your Windows Control Panel under Internet Options or Network and Internet (Windows 10).
The tool is available on the Java Uninstall tool web page.On Windows platforms:
Yes. The tool can remove versions 1.4.2 and above, on Windows.
If you would like to completely remove Java from your computer on other systems, see
How do I uninstall Oracle Java on Mac?
How do I uninstall Java on Linux?
If you find an error or need to remove a version below 1.4.2, you can manually uninstall Java.
No. If you have uninstalled a version that you find is needed on your system, it will need to be reinstalled. Refer to the Java Archive for older versions.
No. The tool does not remove installations of the Java Development Kit (JDK).
If a Java version fails to uninstall, a warning will be written to the log file. For example,
WARNING: Failed to uninstall: Java 8 Update 91, ErrorCode: 1605
The error code is related to Windows MSI error codes.
The log file will be located in a Temp folder:
Descriptions of the Windows MSI error codes can be found on the Microsoft site. » MSI error messages (microsoft.com)
To report an issue about the Java Uninstall tool, please let us know using the Issue Reporting page.
If you run into issues removing Java using the Java Uninstaller Tool, these options have helped other users.
Save your work and close down applications, before restarting your system, then launch the Uninstaller Tool.
If there are versions that could not be removed using the tool, you can manually remove versions similar to removing other software programs.
Run the Microsoft utility to repair files and corrupted registry keys that prevents programs from being completely uninstalled or blocking new installations and updates.
Accessing the downloaded executable file differs according to which browser is used.
After the file is downloaded in Chrome, look to the bottom of the Chrome browser and click on the downloaded
JavaUninstallTool.exe file to start the application.
At the bottom of the Internet Explorer browser, a prompt appears: 'Do you want to run or save JavaUninstallTool.exe?' Click Run to start the app, or click Save to download and run the file later.
After downloading the file in Edge, click Run to start the application, or you can run the file later from the Downloads folder.
Firefox will prompt to save the
JavaUninstallTool.exe file, or cancel opening the file. Click Save File then save to a preferred location. After the file is downloaded, click on the saved file to launch the app.
Depending on your settings, when you try to run the app, a User Account Control (UAC) prompt may appear asking, 'Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your PC?' The Java Uninstall Tool will be listed.
By default removing versions of Java requires administrative permissions, so click Yes to allow the app to run. If you are not running as an administrator, you will need to choose an administrator account and enter the admin password. If you do not have administrative permissions you will be unable to use the tool.
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