How to Turn Off Java Auto-Update

by Alan Sembera
The Java Auto Update feature checks for new program updates.

The Java Auto Update feature checks for new program updates.

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If you get annoyed when the Java Auto Update alert intrudes on your work, you may have tried to turn the feature off. Java provides a convenient switch on its control panel for stopping the periodic update checks -- the only problem is it doesn't work. As soon as you close the control panel, the update alert feature switches back on. You can successfully turn off the updates by launching the Java control panel as an administrator.


Activate the Charms menu by pressing "Windows-C" and select the "Search" charm. Type "file explorer" (without the quotations) into the search field, and then select "File Explorer" from the search results.


Enter "C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre7\bin\" (without the quotations) into the File Explorer address field, and then press "Enter."


Right-click the "javacpl.exe" file, and then select "Run as Administrator." Click "Yes" if Windows asks permission to run the file.


Select the "Update" tab on the Java Control Panel.


Uncheck the box next to "Check for Updates Automatically."


Click the "Do Not Check" button on the pop-up window that appears.


Click "OK" to save the changes.


  • You must have administrator privileges on your Windows user account before you can disable the Auto Update feature using these steps.


  • Oracle, which distributes Java, "strongly recommends" against disabling the Auto Update feature because if you miss updates, you might miss the latest security patches. If you do decide to disable the auto updates, manually check for updates at least once a month. You can check for updates by accessing the Java Control Panel in the "Programs" section of the Windows Control Panel, and then clicking the "Update Now" button.
  • Information in this article applies to Java 7 running on a Windows computer. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products

About the Author

Alan Sembera began writing for local newspapers in Texas and Louisiana. His professional career includes stints as a computer tech, information editor and income tax preparer. Sembera now writes full time about business and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Texas A&M University.

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