How to Disable Java Automatic Updates

By Michael Elkins

While automatic updating is a convenient way to ensure you have the most recent version of Java, some users wish to turn off "Java Update," the auto-update feature in Java. The process to turn off "Java Update" is simple, taking only a few minutes and a few easy steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows XP, 2003, or 2000
  • Java 1.4.2_xx, 1.5.0, or 6.0

Removing Java Auto Update

Step 1

Press the "Start" button at the lower left-hand side of the screen.

Step 2

Click on the "Control Panel" icon on the right-hand side of the pop-up window.

Step 3

Double-click the "Java" icon.

Step 4

Click the "Update" tab at the top of the pop-up window.

Step 5

Click the check mark on the left-hand side of the screen labeled "Check For Updates Automatically."

Step 6

Click the "Never Check" button in the warning box that pops up on your screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Click the "OK" button, closing the Java Window. Automatic updating is now disabled for Java.

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