[Step by step] How to update Java

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In this step-by-step tutorial, you will see how to update Java.

Automatic updates

Often, in the middle of working on something entirely different, a Java prompt will pop up on your screen similar to this one:
Java User Account Control Prompt
In my opinion, Java should not scare users by requesting strange permissions without warning or context. Java is asking for permission to perform steps necessary for an automatic update. What you see in this picture is the Windows User Account Control prompt. This is a security measure to ensure that unwanted programs don’t have access to important parts of your computer without your consent. Before saying yes, be sure that the verified publisher is Oracle America, Inc. and the program name is Java. If this information is correct, always click Button - Yes.

Next, you will likely see a notification from the bottom-right of your screen, indicating that a Java update is available.

Java Update Balloon

Click anywhere on that notification, and you will see the Java update installation screen.

Java Update Request

Click Button - Update, and Java will begin to download.

Java Downloading

After Java has finished downloading, it will automatically begin installing itself.

Java Installing

When the installation is completely done, you will see the message “You have successfully installed Java”.
Java Successfully Installed

At this screen, click Button - Close. The Java update will open a web page in your browser, asking you to verify the java install.

Java Webpage Popup

At this point Java is already installed, and verifying Java is most likely unnecessary. I always recommend ignoring this page. Simply close it using the Close Window at the top right of your browser.


 Updating Java manually

If Java does not update automatically, or if you have dismissed the update prompt, you can update java manually. First, click the Start button at the bottom left of your screen. Note: This will look different on different versions of windows. In general, it will look like a flag.
Start Button
Next, on the start menu that pops up, you will see a search box.

Start Menu Search

This box is automatically selected, so type the word “Java”. The start menu will show you results for programs named “Java” on your computer.

Start Menu Java

Click on Configure Java. You will see the Java Control Panel.

Java Control Panel

From here, click Button - Update Now. If updates to Java are available, you will see a prompt to update. To update, follow the instructions above. If there are no updates available, you will see the following message.

Java is up to date

If you do, simply click Button - OK. Afterwards, close the Java Control panel with the Close Window at the top right.

Congratulations, you have successfully updated Java!