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I was removing a program from my laptop (Win XP Pro) and noted that there are 8 "Java Run Time Environment Updates" totaling almost 1 gb. Can/should I remove these? Have they done their job so to speak and are now just taking up room?
Yes ! What I do is uninstall all of them and install the latest version for your OS. Windows XP SP1 requires 22.214.171.124. If you have Windows XP SP2 you can go to 126.96.36.199 but it's not really required. I noticed that a long time ago and quit updating and just uninstall the old ones and install the latest one.
Even if you have the latest version you should uninstall all Java you have now and then install; the latest version. One version of Java has a bug in it's uninstaller that it won't uninstall properly. It's either 188.8.131.52 or 184.108.40.206. There are some complecated instructions to uninstall it but you can leave that one if you have iy and just get the latest version. All the other versions should uninstall without problems.
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