Update - 4 April 2004


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



MSJVM is supported until 31 December 2007 (http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/java/).  Sun's java vm is available from:




Java doesn't work


Go to ..\downloaded program files. 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 is provided with the following operating systems:

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 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 (no program exists) then the Java VM is NOT installed on your computer.


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


Java VM 3810 will ONLY install on a system which already has a version of Java on it.  If you install it on a system with no java vm install, 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 Java VM in April 2003.  Full details are at the URL below:




The critical update CANNOT be removed after installation, but PLEASE install it anyway!!!


If you are one of the unlucky ones that can't use Windows Update to get the Java VM 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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