2014-03-03 06:39:09 UTC
He succumbed to Oracle's Java 7 "upgrade" and some critical
things ceased working on his system.
Curious: I attempted the same "upgrade" on a test Vista system
and noticed there was a box to remove any earlier versions
(i.e., 6u43) during the so-called Java 7u51 "update".
!!!####>>> DON'T REMOVE THE 6u43 <<<###!!!
If you did, I found how Java (jre 6u43) can be restored and we
did it on on the neighbor's system and things are now working
Here's what to do:
Visit this page: http://www.oldapps.com/java.php
or go directly to here for Windows:
Windows XP, Windows XP x64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64,
Windows 7, Windows 7 x64, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server
2008, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 x64
and download the jre-6u43-windows-i586.exe installer, 16,631kB, and
run it. It re-installs 6u43 so if you have apps that don't function
under Java 7 Update 51 (very likely) that's what you need to do.
FWIW, I went to Oracle's Java page and one needs to sign one's life
away to get older versions. Don't bother, use "oldapps.com".