How to Fix a Java Plug-In Error

By Mike Benson

Many websites use Java to allow users to interact with features of the site. This can include buttons, graphics, games and much more. Many developers use Java, and their software communicates directly with your Java plug-in. Unfortunately, this means there are countless possible plug-in errors. Fortunately, third-party software that you have must use the official Java plug-in that is installed in your browser. In the event that a Java-related plug-in error occurs, you can simply reset Internet Explorer back to its default state and then reinstall an updated copy of Java.

Reset Internet Explorer

Step 1

Press the "Windows" key and the "R" key simultaneously.

Step 2

Type "Inetcpl.cpl" and press "Enter."

Step 3

Click the "Advanced" tab.

Step 4

Click the "Reset" button and then "OK."

Delete Java

Step 1

Press the "Windows" key and the "R" key simultaneously.

Step 2

Type "Appwiz.cpl" and press "Enter."

Step 3

Scroll down and select to remove "Java." You may have multiple choices listed; remove all of them. In Windows Vista or 7, you can double-click to remove. In Windows XP, click the "Remove" button.

Step 4

Press "OK" on the uninstall confirmation screen.

Step 5

Reboot your computer.

Reinstall Java

Step 1

Download an updated copy of Java.

Step 2

Click "Run."

Step 3

Click "Install" on the "Welcome to Java" screen.

Step 4

Click "Next," and once you're notified that the installation has completed, click "Close."

Step 5

Restart your computer.