Sun Java Runtime Environment

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Sun Java Runtime Environment
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Minor issues
Developer Oracle
Tested release 1.6.0_31
Type Programming language and browser plugin
KernelEx release 4.5.2

Java is a programming language and computing platform first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995. There are lots of applications and websites that will not work unless you have Java installed. The Oracle (in the past Sun) Java Plug-in software is a component of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). It is necessary to run Java applets in browsers like Opera or Firefox.

The last version officially supported on Windows 98/Me is 5.0 update 22 (Oracle Java Archive). With KernelEx you can install version 6.0_xx.

Installation and running

The exe installer fails to run since version There are two possibilities to install later versions up to

1. MSI installer (jre1.6.0_xx.msi): It will extract with the failing attempt to run the exe installer in

  C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Sun\Java\jre1.6.0_xx. 

2. Silent install: Start-->RUN

  C:\jre-6uxx-windows-i586.exe /s

The "new_plugin" folder or "plugin2" (update 31) folder (C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\plugin2) must be renamed and the java "next generation-plugin" can unchecked in the Java-preferences. It switches to the "classic plug-in".

Explanation: The "next generation plug-in" doesn't work with Win 98 and ME. Java "classic" works up to Opera 10.1, Firefox 3.5.19, SeaMonkey 2.0.14 and Pale Moon 3.5.8. This means that it's impossible to run the Java applets in Opera 10.5+, Firefox 3.6+, SeaMonkey 2.1+ and Pale Moon 3.6+. There is no known workaround or patch.

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Known issues

Updates 32+ fail to install. Missing API in Kernel32.dll: GetSystemWow64DirectoryA

The Oracle bug ID was 7166889.

Installing Java 6 updates 32 - 45:





The msi paste following files java.exe, javaw.exe, javaws.exe and javacpl.cpl in the windows folder instead of the system folder. Javacpl.cpl must be in the system folder, otherwise the Java control panel doesn't start from the system control panel!

You also can look for issues or problems here - Java Fixer

See also

Java versions 7 and 8:

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