, wkempf wrote

Then Java wants to update (again).

The Java installer is worse than annoying, it's unreliable and capable of screwing itself beyond recovery.

The well known 'Error 1723' which Sun/Oracle have still not worked out a reliable fix for, continues to plague people. The one attempt at a fix that they produced, was pulled after it didn't work and actually made the situation worse for many people. Now you are on your own.

I recently encountered this after the Java update failed to complete correctly.

It took me half a day carefully sifting through the registry and killing off all references to Java, before I got it to a point where I could re-install Java and get it working again.

If it wasn't for a particularly stupid java app that I require, I'd never let this junk loose on my computers.