How to disable the Java Automatic Update on Windows

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Java is a highly active platform and updates are available quite frequently. While this is a great thing, frequent updates may annoy users who are not into Java or do not want to have their platform up-to-date. The automatic updates can be disabled through the system configuration as shown next.

  1. Run the msconfig command as shown in the following image
    Run msconfig

    Run msconfig

  2. Select the Startup tab and then deselect the Java (TM) Platform SE Auto Updater as shown next
    Deselect the: Java (TM) Platform SE Auto Updater

    Deselect the: Java (TM) Platform SE Auto Updater

  3. Click OK to commit your changes. Note that these changes will take effect on the next restart.

While the updater can be annoying at times, one should make sure that the Java Platform is up to date as the updates may address security issues which may be exploited by malicious programs.

Albert Attard

Albert Attard is a Java passionate and technical lead at a research group. You can find him on . Over the past years Albert worked on various Java projects including traditional server/client applications, modular applications, large data handling applications and concurrent data manipulation applications to name a few. He has a BSc degree from the University of London (Homepage) and an MSc Information Security with the same university. His MSc thesis (Book) received the 2012 award (Website).

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