How to Turn Off Automatic Java Updates in Windows 7

By Craig Witt

The Oracle Corporation's Java Runtime Environment software gives your computer the ability to run any program created using the Java programming language. When you install the JRE on your Windows 7 machine, the software is configured to automatically notify you whenever a new version of Java becomes available. If you find these messages annoying, you can use the built-in Java Control Panel to adjust your update settings and suppress the process. Once you know how to access the Java Control Panel, performing this task requires only a few clicks.

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" button and select the "Control Panel" item found on the right side of the Start Menu.

Step 2

Click within the search box located at the top-right corner of the resulting window and type "Java."

Step 3

Click the "Java" item that appears in the list of search results. The Java Control Panel pops up on your screen within a few seconds.

Step 4

Select the "Update" tab located near the top of the Java Control Panel window.

Step 5

Uncheck the box labeled "Check for Updates Automatically."

Step 6

Click the "Never Check" button when prompted.

Step 7

Click "OK" to confirm your choice and close the Java Control Panel.