Mac OS X users: See How to update Java for Mac for more information.
Java Update is a feature that keeps your Windows computer up-to-date with the latest Java releases.
When you have auto update enabled, your system periodically checks for new versions of Java. When a new version is found we ask your permission to upgrade your Java installation.
You can schedule how often to check for updates, or check manually at any time.
Typically, you will be notified of the update within a week of its release.
By enabling your system to check for the latest version, you keep your system secure with the latest patch updates. We strongly recommend that you do not disable the update feature. Instead, change preferences for how often you'd like to be notified of newer versions. The default setting is to notify on a weekly basis.
Use the Notify Me option under the Update tab of the Java Control Panel.
When you are notified of a newer version, click on the notification message to start the update process.
Starting with Windows Vista and later versions, when you restart your system, the Windows process
jucheck.exe (also known as
Java Auto Updater), is initiated and attempts to check for the latest Java version. The Windows User Account Control (UAC) prompts you to allow this process to run.
The ability to make changes to the Update tab may not be enabled if you are not logged in as administrator or if your network administrator has disabled that feature during installation.
Java Auto Update is not available for 64-bit versions of Java prior to Java 8. For those versions prior to Java 8, the Update tab is not available in the Java Control Panel.
Starting with Java 8 Update 20, the Update tab in the Java Control Panel enables users to automatically update 64-bit JREs (in addition to 32-bit versions) that are installed on their system.
See Java update settings are not saved in the Java control panel for more information and a workaround.
Yes, updating to Java 7, using Auto Update or updating through the Java Control Panel, will remove the highest version of Java 6 installed. Java 6 has reached its End of Public Updates, which means there will be no further public secure updates for Java 6. It is recommended that Java 6 be removed from your computer to make it more secure.
Change the Java update settings through the Java Control Panel.
For daily updates, you can select the time of the day for the update. For weekly updates, you can select the day of the week and the time of the day. For monthly updates, you can select the day of the week and the time of the day. Monthly updates check weekly and notify you within 30 days that an update is available, however, if an update is considered critical you are notified within a week of its release.
From the Java Control Panel Update tab, you can manually check for an update any time by clicking on the Update Now button located at the bottom of the Update tab on the Java Control Panel. Java Update can only be run if the system is connected to the internet. Alternatively, you can go Java.com to get the latest Java version.
After updating the Java version, you need to close and restart the Java Control Panel to get the updated Control Panel.
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