by Carol~ - 9/6/12 1:17 PM
In Reply to: Can't seem to get new one by zeebell
I'd rather you wait until Grif returns. We both have different setups. And we both had different errors. But I thought I'd share this with you.
I've never had a problem installing or removing any software. Or not until recently.
I noticed not long after installing Java 7, the latest Java 6 was still installed. When I tried to uninstall it, I received an error message indicating I couldn't install it. Keep in mind, I was trying to UNinstall it.
As always, I ran JavaRa. It didn't (or couldn't) uninstall it. I've used it in the past, only to remove leftover files. I created a restore point and made a back up of the registry. ( A bit excessive!! )
I then ran the Revo Uninstaller. As an added precaution, just prior to letting Revo remove any registry entries, I checked the reg location/s to make sure the entries it wanted to remove were correct and safe to remove. They were.
All this to say, the Revo Uninstaller removed the prior version of Java, with the exception of a couple registry entries.
Lastly and unrelated. You asked in your OP how important it was to have Java. It's only important if you use applications which rely on it. If you don't need it, why keep it? Another option would be to disable the plugin in your most often used browser. You can use the least often used browser to access the sites which need it.
For example, if you use Firefox as your default browser, disable the plugin. Say you use Secunia's Software Inspector which makes use of Java. Access Secunia's site using IE with Java enabled. Make any sense? Or is it.. clear as mud? It's just an option to consider, if you want (or need) to keep it. Also "less risky".
Grif can also address the question. But do wait for him. As mentioned above, we have differing situations. I only wanted you to know, the Revo Uninstaller was able to remove Java in my case.
Best of luck with it..
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