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

If you are fed up with Java’s security vulnerabilities [1] and want to finally get rid of it, this guide shows you how to uninstall/disable/remove Java [2]on Windows [3]. 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 [4].

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:




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



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.


While removing Java from your machine doesn’t guarantee you are safe from malware attacks [11], it does guarantee you are safe from malware attacks due to Java exploits. Enjoy!