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In December 2012 Oracle will start to auto-update a sample of users from JRE 6 to JRE 7 to evaluate the auto-update mechanism, user experience and seamless migration.

Oracle will then start auto-updating all Windows 32-bit users from JRE 6 to JRE 7 with the update release of Java, Java SE 7 Update 15 (Java SE 7u15), due in February 2013.

The Java auto-update process updates the latest version of Java on a user’s Windows machine.

During the automatic update from JRE 6 to JRE 7, if a user only has one version of Java 6 the auto-update process will replace that JRE 6 with the latest version of JRE 7 leaving only JRE 7 in the system.

Oracle strives to make new versions of Java backward compatible with earlier versions and the vast majority of Java applications written for older versions of Java will work –without any change- on newer versions of the JRE. Any change in the code –even if only to fix a security vulnerability- has the potential to cause an application to stop working properly.

To revert back from JRE 7 to JRE 6, first uninstall JRE 7. Until April 2013, the latest version of JRE 6 can be found on the Download tab of the Java SE section on OTN.

The auto-update process updates only the latest JRE on your system.

Versions other than the latest will not be removed as there are cases in which a user, particularly enterprise users, would need more than one version of Java on their systems.

As suspected this problem was due to the Java control panel requiring Admin Privileges to disable the automatic update.

Unless you have a support contract with Oracle you will not be able to get security updates for JRE 6 from Oracle after February 2013 and it is not advisable to keep older versions of Java on your system.

Nevertheless if you would like to continue to have both versions, JRE 6 and JRE 7 can be installed on the same computer.

These instructions apply to Windows 7 (click on the pictures so that you can see the fine print more clearer): 1) In My Computer go to C:\Program Files (x86)\JAVA\jre7\bin\ 2) Right click the program 3) Select “Run as Administrator” 4) Select “Yes” from the User Account Control dialog. 5) Select the Update Tab 6) the “Check for Updates Automatically” check box 7) Select Apply, then click on OK.

The old method of disabling Java updates through the registry or GPO, mentioned in this article is no longer valid for Java 7 (1.7) and 8 (1.8), nor does it prevent the UAC prompt from appearing when the updater runs in the background.

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