How Do I Update Java in My Computer?

By Rachelle Oblack

Java is a software program that allows users to experience media-rich content on the Internet. The program, offered by Sun Microsystems, can be easily updated on your computer with minimal effort. You can also choose to have the software be automatically updated through your operating system.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet connectivity

Step 1

Navigate to the Java download page at A large red button prompts you to download the latest version of Java.

Step 2

Press the button to download Java to your computer. Save the file to a downloads folder, your desktop, or any other preferred download location.

Step 3

Locate the file you downloaded and double-click the file. You may wish to right-click on the file and run the program as an administrator, depending on your usage. A window will open that asks you to accept the license agreement and install the software.

Step 4

Wait for the file to load onto your computer. You usually do not have to change the default location for the file, but you can if you want to. About halfway through the installation, a window will pop up asking you to accept or reject the installation of the optional Yahoo toolbar. Remove the check mark if you do not want to install this toolbar.

Step 5

Watch the advertisement screens as the program loads to see some of the other offers, including one for free OpenOffice software. Installation is usually in less than a minute. A finish screen will appear that shows the automatic updates available for Java. If you are installing the latest release version, the files are automatically updated unless you visit the website and change those settings

Step 6

Remove older versions of Java to free up more computer space by visiting Older files are unnecessary for Java to run correctly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Java is also referred to as the Java Runtime, Runtime Environment, Runtime, JRE, Java Virtual Machine, Virtual Machine, Java VM, JVM, VM, or Java download.

References & Resources