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Sun and Microsoft announce a '10 year collaboration':  (webcast no longer available)

MSJVM is supported until 31 December 2007 ( Sun's java vm is available from:

Java doesn't work

Go to ..\downloaded program files (or from within IE click on Tools, then Internet Options, then Temporary Internet Files Settings button, then View Objects. If anything java related is marked as damaged, right click on it and select update.

Otherwise, you may need to update/reinstall Java.

Where to get the Java VM

First, a little history.

Java VM was provided with the following operating systems:

Windows CE Platform Builder 2.11
Windows CE 2.2 Connectivity Services
Windows CE 2.21 Connectivity Services
Windows CE 3.0 Connectivity Services
Windows CE 3.1 Connectivity ServicesWindows 95
Windows 98
Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me)
Windows 2000 Advanced Server
Windows 2000 Professional
Windows 2000 Server
Windows 2000 Data Center
Windows XP
Windows NT® Server 4.0
Windows NT Server 4.0, Enterprise Edition
Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition
Windows NT Workstation 4.0
Windows Server Datacenter 2003

It was installed as part of Internet Explorer until the release of Windows XP (which came with IE6). XP users had to download and install the Java VM separately. It was not included with the operating system. On 10 July 2002 Microsoft stopped providing the Java VM as a separate install for XP until the release of Service Pack 1 for that operating system.

The JVIEW command will tell you what version of the Java VM you have installed.

Go to start, run and type "command" (no quotes) (type "cmd" (no quotes) if you are using NT, Windows 2000 or Windows XP).

Type "jview" (no quotes) at the command line and then press enter.

If the Microsoft Java VM is installed you will see results similar to the following (taken from an XP system with VM 3809 installed):

If you see an error message (for example: 'jview' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file) then the Microsoft Java VM is NOT installed on your computer.

The last version of the Microsoft Java VM (3810) was a critical update and is still available from the Windows Update site.

Microsoft Java VM 3810 will ONLY install on a system which already has a version of Microsoft Java on it. If you install it on a system with no Microsoft Java VM installed, you will see the error message "This setup will only upgrade over an existing version of the Microsoft VM". After clicking ok, you will see the message "The installation is complete"... 3810 will NOT have installed.

Microsoft issued the critical security update for Microsoft Java VM in April 2003.

If you are one of the unlucky ones that can't use Windows Update to get the Microsoft Java VM, but must deal with a web site that only supports the Microsoft Java VM (which *does* occasionally happen), have a look at the links below (my apologies if some don't work - things are changing constantly). REMEMBER - when downloading anything on to your computer, please do a full scan with an up-to-date virus scanner before installing.

Note: All the URLs below are for older versions of the Java VM.

Please ensure that you install the critical update *after* installing an older Java VM.

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