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Which Version of Java Should I Install ?

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  • Started 3 years ago by Straspey
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Posted yesterday 
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Hi everybody. I need a little help with Java:

There's a new update of Java Runtime Environment (JRE) released today, and I have a question regarding which update I should be installing on my system.

I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

It seems that I've always used the normal, 32-bit version ,i586 - with no problems. But I noticed that there is also a 64-bit version as well - x64.

I've downloaded both installation packages and would greatly appreciate any guidance and suggestions regarding which one I should install.

Thanks !

Posted 3 years ago
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I ran the 64 bit on both of my desktop and my laptop. Unless you are going to sites that require java runtime i wouldn't even worry about it. You don't even need java in most cases.


Posted 3 years ago
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Posted 3 years ago
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I use Firefox as my primary browser and run the very powerful "NoScript" add-on, which disables Java by default on any websites I visit.

Many times, I see a message at the top of a web page warning me that I must enable Java to receive the "full benefits" of their site - but I almost always ignore that.

Still - I would be interested to know if I should update to the 64-bit version, or simply continue with the 32-bit version which I've always used.

Thanks again.

Posted 3 years ago
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The latest version. But only if you really need it.

Posted 3 years ago

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