Last updated: November 21, 2017
Watch the Video: How to update Java on your computer
Java is a programming language released in 1995 by Sun Microsystems. Oracle Corporation acquired Sun Microsystems in 2009. At that time, Oracle became the self-described “steward of Java technology.” Many applications and web sites use Java. An end-user may need to install a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) on their computer to view Java content. JRE runs as a web browser plug-in. Due to security flaws that may exist in older versions of Java, it is important to know how to update Java. Verify and update Java on your computer using the instructions below for your operating system.
Java for Windows
If you have a Windows computer, verify your computer’s Java installation by visiting Java.com using Internet Explorer (Chrome users | Firefox users | Edge users). Note that the Java plug-in is no longer directly supported by the Google Chrome web browser, but you can use Java in Chrome with a popular extension. The Microsoft Edge web browser has never included Java support, but it offers an easy method to access Java content from Edge.
Click the Agree and Continue button. The Java verification process will check to see if you have the recommended version of Java installed. It will also check to see if you have old, vulnerable versions of Java to uninstall.
You may also see a Java Update Needed alert dialog display that informs you if Your Java version is out of date. To update Java on your computer, click Update (recommended).
The Java Detection applet will ask for your permission to run. Click the Run button to continue.
The Java Detection applet will provide a verification result. If a new version of Java is available, the notification will display your current version, and the new Java version. Click the red Download Java Now button to update Java on your computer.
The update process will prompt you to read and agree to the end user license agreement. If you agree, click Agree and Start Free Download to continue.
When asked, Do you want to run or save JavaSetup8uXXX.exe…, click the Run button.
A Java install wizard dialog will display. Click the Install> button to continue with the installation.
A Java installation progress dialog will display so you can monitor the installation process.