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How to remove old versions of Java

I heard a great tip on the MikeTechShow podcast and his sister podcast Tech-Vets on how to easily and quickly remove old versions of Java from your Windows computer using a simple little program called JavaRa.

To remove old versions of Java you can follow the Sun Microsystems Java removal instructions but all they basically say is to go into the Windows Add/Remove programs and uninstall it that way, but if you have several old versions of Java this can be a real pain. There is an easier way....

1.) Go to the RaProducts webpage and download the JavaRa Application. Find the downloaded application and unzip it.

2.) Click on the JavaRa program file (no installation is required), and a window with a selection of tasks will appear. Click on the "Remove Older Versions" button. A warning window will pop up, click "Yes" if you are sure you want to remove older versions of Java.

3.) Another window will open asking you to close Internet Explorer (this will appear even if IE is not open), just click "OK".

4.) A window will appear telling you what Java files it found and deleted, again click "OK" and JavaRa will tell you it will be opening a log file, though I have never seen a log file open., but thats's seems to get rid of most of the old versions of Java.

On my system it left a couple of Java files in my program list which I believe are the main Java program and the latest update. This is fine with me, and it beats having six or seven old versions of Java hanging out on your system.


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