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OldGrantonian Why is java.exe in System32?
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I have Vista Home Premium.

Secunia found several out-of-date versions of java.exe

Why would there be a java.exe in c:\Windows\System32?

GoneToPlaid RE: Why is java.exe in System32?
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One or more programs which you installed came bundled with an older version of Java. Assuming that you have the latest Java installed, you can delete java.exe in \system32 or in \system if found there too. Do a rescan with Secunia to see if there is one other old Java file which you need to delete, and where it is located, usually either in \system or \system32.
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wr RE: Why is java.exe in System32?
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@ OldGrantonian If you are satisfied that removing the old versions of Java will not cause you any problems I suggest you check out Maurice Joyces post in the enclosed link. His post is apx 15/16 down in the thread-you can't miss it it is quite lengthy & has 2 or 3 links in it.
http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/697

good luck & regards, wr

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Maurice Joyce RE: Why is java.exe in System32?
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Just to clarify a couple of points. Java has two entries in PSI if installed correctly.

C:\Windows\system32\Java.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\java.exe

Once U clear out all the old dross U should be OK. Sun Java now include an uninstaller with any update.

The Java uninstall element when updating from 12 to 13 appeared to work very well & should prevent this kind of problem in the future.

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OldGrantonian RE: Why is java.exe in System32?
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Thanks for the various helpful replies.

I deleted all old Java versions using Control Panel, and installed the latest Java.

Now there are no warnings from Secunia :)

My original issue was that I was surprised to find any Java files in System32.

So, despite the fact that I took no action relating to System32, the java.exe, javaw.exe, and javaws.exe files are now up-to-date in System32. So the Java update seems to have percolated into System32.
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Maurice Joyce RE: Why is java.exe in System32?
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That would be correct. It was embedded in Windows until Sun Java took Microsoft to court some years ago over copyright etc.

This little spat resulted in Microsoft agreeing to withdraw support for Microsoft Vitual Machine which did the same job but different name.

Sun Java now run the show!

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