How to uninstall Java on Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8) [Guide]

If you are fed up with Java’s security vulnerabilities and want to finally get rid of it, this guide shows you how to uninstall/disable/remove Java on Windows. The following instructions should work for all versions of Windows but is specifically confirmed to work with Windows XP and higher machines.

Note: If you are looking to disable Java just from your browser, and not completely uninstall it from your computer, read dotTech’s guide on how to disable Java for Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Opera.

How To Uninstall Java on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

Removing Java from your Windows PC is as easy as uninstalling it from Add or Remove Programs. If you aren’t sure what needs to be done, do the following:

  • Press the Win [Windows key] + R keys on your keyboard to bring up the Run dialog (it is preferable that you be at your desktop when you press Win + R but it is not required):

  • In the Open text field, enter “control appwiz.cpl,,0” (yes those are two commas; be sure to not enter the quotes) and hit OK:

  • Once you hit OK, the Add or Remove Programs window will open:

Scroll down uninstall you find Java, click on it, and click Uninstall:

  • Next you will be asked to confirm you want to remove Java — click “Yes”:

  • Now wait. If you are on Windows XP, Windows will find Java and uninstall it without need for any further actions by you. If you are on Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, you will need to tell UAC that you are sure you want to uninstall Java (simply click “Yes” when prompted) after which Windows will uninstall Java without need for any further actions by you.

Once Java is uninstalled, the uninstaller will automatically close itself; there will be no prompts telling you of successful removal nor will you have to restart your computer. You can confirm Java is gone by scanning the list in Add or Remove Programs and making sure Java isn’t listed.

Conclusion

While removing Java from your machine doesn’t guarantee you are safe from malware attacks, it does guarantee you are safe from malware attacks due to Java exploits. Enjoy!

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28 comments

  1. janet

    My partner installed Java on his computer and now all his files have dissapeared .He has tried uninstalling Java but no programe list .it came up as Java update when he was looking for something .He has run his anti virus and tried taking the computer back to earlier time and not helped .

  2. Shannon

    I’m am trying to uninstall java because I keep getting pop ups that I cannot close! It seems to be messing up my computer! It has been on preparing to remove for about 10 mins! I don’t no what to do now! help!

  3. katsvox

    I have run into the same problem as Bill.

    And it is cyclical and annoying. You hit no after asking if Java can be updated and you find Java is not uninstalled from your computer even though you requested it.

    So, every time you hit uninstal Java 7, this message comes up

    Program name: Java SW Runtime environment 7 Update 21
    Verified Publisher: ORACLE America, Inc
    File Origin: Hard Drive this computer
    YES – NO

    You hit no, because you want to rid your life of java and find that java is still very much there.

    Repeat uninstall Java and same freakin thing.

    Help anyone??!!

    Thanks

  4. Bill

    The action I get when I confirm removal is;

    User Account Control

    Do you want to allow the following program to update software on this computer?

    Program name: Java SW Runtime environment 7 Update 21

    Verified Publisher: ORACLE America, Inc

    File Origin: Hard Drive this computer

    YES – NO

  5. cheryl

    Windows Vista, IE9

    Vista seems to have hidden the ability to uninstall Java – it does not appear on the uninstall page. It’s not the only program that vista won’t let you uninstall, either.

    I had to just disable Java using browser’s tools, options, security.

  6. Patrick

    Hi,

    Until now I’ve never had any issues with Java exept that it sometimes takes a lot of time to download larger interactive graphics files. It’s only recently that I read warnings about Java vulnarabilities. Until some 6 months ago everything seemed OK with it, as far as I remember.

    On the other hand – and again, this is merely an impression (I really have no time to do extensive fact checking on this) – things started to get exponentially vulnarable all over the place as tablet, smartphone and android market penetration grew. The rate of introduction of new apps of all kinds is simply mindboggling and interconnectivity has “exploded” beyond what we would have held realistic 2 years ago. It might be interesting to do some reseach on wether or not there is a correlation here… Logically speaking one might expect there is. And I’m not even taking social networking (Facebook, Twitter,…) and cloudcomputing into account…

    Should Java be thrown out all together? I don’t think so. To give just one example in which it has proven very handy indeed was teaching euclidean geometry (The Elements) using Java applets from http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/java/elements/elements.html. This is only one instance, there are hundreds more..
    .
    Have a nice day,
    Patrick.

  7. internet explorer

    Different question: How do I print out this article? This is the worst example I’ve yet run into as it “may” print one page on one attempt, zero on another, or doubleimage (but only after first page) on a third try. HELP! Ever since you put in your new look I’ve been having to use workarounds of various sorts to print and now none of them seems to do the job. Even the other ones that worked had to be reduced in size from 100% in order to not cut off the ends of all the lines. Very annoying. Isn’t there a word wrap or equivalent available to you in this new format? Are you seriously trying to keep people from printing out any of your articles or what? If so, that is not a good idea, as it will drive them away in droves. Maybe this new format wasn’t such a good idea after all.

  8. Eric

    @Bull:
    I think you are referring to flash and not java, right? Youtube is working fine without java. Flash is the other bloated security hole in your PC. Thankfully flash is dying and being replaced by html5.

    One thing that always confused me about what did or did not work without Java was the Firefox extension NoScript. NoScript will stop lots and lots of things from working unless you disable it on sites you trust. Disabling Java will have a much smaller impact on your everyday web browsing.

  9. Bull

    So what is a safe alternative to Java, that can still alow the ability to watch videos?

    I’m not computer literae so any suggestions and descriptons of such software would be appreciated.

  10. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Frank D: Honestly I’m not too sure myself. I think the last time I actually used Java was something like five years ago.
    From what I hear, Photoshop on Mac needs it. OpenOffice is also built in Java but I’m hearing rumblings that it works fine without Java.

  11. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @chuck (detailer): There is a reason why I said it the way I did. The directions I gave works on all Windows in the way I have said it. What you are saying works and is easier, yes, but the Start Menu/Control Panel has changed in different versions of Windows over the year. It is simpler to write one set of instructions for Windows XP-Windows 8 than write two or three.