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Reverting to a Previous Version of Java for Windows


This page explains how to uninstall your current version of Java and then install an older version.

Users of Banner, AppWorx job scheduling, and the Document Imaging indexing module (Singularity) may need to revert to an older version of Java if they've installed a new version that's incompatible with those services.

These instructions focus on Java 8.

To prevent your computer from automatically updating to the latest version of Java, see Disabling Java Automatic Updates.

Step 1: Uninstall current version of Java

  1. Access the Control Panel:
    • In Windows 7 (see left-hand image below), select the Windows button, then select Control Panel.

    • In Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 (see right-hand image below), right-click in the bottom left corner of the screen, then select Control Panel.

  2. Select Programs and Features.

  3. In the list of programs, select the undesired version of Java, then click Uninstall. (If you have multiple versions of Java installed, you may want to uninstall all of them.)

Step 2: Install desired version of Java

  1. Go to Oracle's Java SE 8 Archive Downloads page and locate the desired version of Java.

    • Example: If you want to install Java 8 Update 60, find the box labeled Java SE Runtime Environment 8u60.

    • If you have questions about which version of Java to install, please contact the Technology Service Desk.

  2. In the gray box, select Accept License Agreement. Then, in the Product list, locate the option(s) labeled Windows x86 Offline, then select the .exe file option.

    • Example: For Java 8 Update 60, select the jre-8u60-windows-i586.exe file.

  3. After clicking the download link, you will be prompted to sign in with an Oracle Account. If you don't already have an Oracle account, you can create an account by clicking the Create Account button on the right. After you fill out the required information, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address you entered.

  4. Once you're logged in, the download will occur immediately after following the link.

  5. Once the download has finished, click on the downloaded file and install the desired version of Java 8.