What is Java Auto Update?

Last updated: April 13, 2016 

What is Java Auto Update?

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Java is a program on your computer that allows you to run Java applets in your web browser. Java Auto Update is a feature included with Java that allows your Windows computer to check for updates automatically to ensure your Java version is up-to-date with the latest Java release. If there is a new version, you will be prompted to give permission to Java to allow the update to start.  For security purposes, it is very important to keep your computer’s Java version up-to-date.  We recommend that you give Java permission to update when notified.

If needed, you may easily change how often your are notified about new Java versions.  To make such notification changes, launch your computer’s Java Control Panel.  Click the Update tab.

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By default, Notify Me: Before downloading is selected. Use the pulldown menu to choose Notify Me: Before installing if your preference is to give permission to Java to download an update without any notification.  When Notify Me: Before installing is selected, you will be notified when a new Java version has been downloaded and is ready for installation.  The actual installation of the Java update will require your permission.

You may also configure a specific frequency when Java checks for updates, and the day of week and time, by clicking the Advanced button:


If you do not wish for Java to check for updates automatically at all, simply uncheck the Check for Updates Automatically check box.  Please note that when you uncheck it, you will see a Java Update Warning dialog:

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We highly encourage you to check for Java updates periodically, and only click the Do Not Check button if you fully understand the repercussions of doing so.

Can’t Disable Java Auto Update from the Java Control Panel?

In some cases, the options to change the notification period, or to uncheck the Check for Updates Automatically check box may not be active (they appear to be grayed out).  This is likely because access to these features requires that you run the Java Control Panel as an administrator.  For 64-bit Windows operating systems, navigate to:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre7\bin\

For 32-bit Windows operating systems, navigate to:

C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\

Right-click on the  javacpl file and select Run as administrator.  When the Java Control Panel launches, click the Update tab, and these features will be active.

For additional information, please visit the Java.com website.