Java Version Help


To use all the features of FerrisConnect, for example, multiple file uploads and the collaboration tool, you will need to have Java installed. However, Java is known to have some security vulnerabilities. We recommend that you consider using one browser with Java enabled, just to visit those few sites that need it, and that you keep your primary browser with Java disabled.

Ferris State University currently recommends the use of Java version 6, update 31, for Windows users, and Java 7 update 15 for Mac users, with our systems such as Kronos and Banner. When you install it, be sure to opt out of installing the "Ask" toolbar.

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If you are getting Java errors:

1. Find out what version(s) of Java you have

2. Removing Incorrect Java Versions

3. How to Install the correct version of Java

To avoid problems in the future, you will want to disable the auto-update of Java:

FAQs for Kronos Users

Java Help Center - using Java FAQs - manufacturer's site

How to disable Java in each browser

Java Help for Mac users - Using Java FAQs - manufacturer's site

 

Java Security Concerns

Java for Windows version 1.7 Update 10 and above has vulnerabilities that may allow malicious software (malware) onto your computer. More information can be found here.

The creators of Java have released an update to solve these vulnerabilities. This update can be found here.

 

Installing correct Java Version

By downloading Java you acknowledge that you have read and accepted the terms of the end user license agreement

 Download the correct version of Java for your computer

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      1. When you have successfully installed Java you will be greeted by the following screen. Click Close.JavaInstall2

Java Version Check

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Checking your Java version - Windows XP

      1. Open up the Control Panel Via the Start Menu. Java Ver Chk XP SS 1
        • NOTE:If Control Panel is in “Category Mode”, on the left side of the window click “Switch to Classic View” Java Ver Chk XP SS 2
      2. Double click the Java Icon
        Java Ver Chk XP SS 3
      3. Go to the “Java” tab and under Java Application Runtime Settings, click “View…
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      4. This window tells you which version(s) of Java are installed.
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      5. It is recommended that “1.6.0_31” is the only version installed.
        • NOTE: if there are multiple versions of Java installed AND 1.6.0_31 is listed. Then a quick and temporary remedy would be to uncheck all of the boxes on the right except for the one belonging to 1.6.0_31.

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Instructions for Windows Vista/7

      1. Open up the Control Panel via the Start Orb
        Java Ver Chk Win7 SS 1
        • NOTE: If Control Panel is in Category mode, click Category in the "View by:" heading in the upper right corner.  Switch to either Small or Large Icons view. Java Ver Chk Win7 SS 2
      2. Click the Java Icon
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      3. Click the Java tab in the window that appeared and click the "View..." button under Java Runtime Environment Settings.
        Java Ver Chk Win7 SS 4
      4. This window tells you which version(s) of Java are installed.
        Java Ver Chk Win7 SS 5
      5. It is recommended that "1.6.0_31" is the only version installed.
        • NOTE: if there are multiple versions of Java installed AND 1.6.0_31 is listed. Then a quick and temporary remedy would be to uncheck all of the boxes on the right except for the one belonging to 1.6.0_31.

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Removing Java Version

      1. Open up Control Panel via the Start Menu.
      2. Open up "Add/Remove Programs" on Windows XP or ">Programs and Features" on Windows Vista/7
      3. Scroll down the list and click Remove for any entries that start with Java that are not desired.
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x86 Java Auto Update

In order to avoid future issues it is best to disable the automatic update of Java.

      1. Open up Control Panel via the Start Menu.
      2. Select the Java Icon
      3. Click on the Update tab and uncheck the Check for Updates Automatically.
        x86 Java Auto Update SS 1
      4. Click Ok

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x64 Java Auto Update

In order to avoid future issues it is best to disable the automatic update of Java.

      1. Open Windows Explorer
      2. Browse to the drive where you install software.  In most cases this is the C:\
      3. Double Click the folder Program Files(x86)
      4. Double Click the folder Java
      5. Double Click the folder jre6
      6. Double Click the folder bin
      7. Right-click on javacpl.exe and select Run as Administrator.
      8. Click Yes that you want to allow the following program to make changes to your computer.
      9. Click the Update tab and uncheck Check for Updates Automatically.
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      10. A warning screen may appear.  Click Never Check.
      11. Click Ok

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Last updated: 04-18-2013