How to Install an Earlier Version of Java

Sun Microsystems seems to update its free Java software about once a week. Though these updates are generally improvements, they can lead to incompatibility viewing a Java-based website or installing your own Java code. If this is the case installing (or reinstalling) an earlier version of Java may be the solution. Though tracking down older versions of software can be difficult, one website specializes in hosting links to older versions of applications. All it takes is one visit to find the version of Java you need.

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Go to the link marked "Old Apps" in Resources below.

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Click the version of Java you wish to download. If you are unsure which you need, clicking any one of the dozens of options will tell you more about that particular version.

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Scroll down to the link labeled “Download Java Runtime Environment” with a file size next to it. Click the link, and your download will begin.

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Open the EXE installer file when the download completes and follow the on-screen instructions to install.