I've just downloaded the latest JRE on a computer running a clean install of Windows 7. Now I want to do three things:
- disable automatic updating
- remove the icon from the system tray
- reduce the amount of space Java uses for temporary files
I was able to do 2 and 3 by going to the Java Control Panel (systray icon > properties, or Control Panel > Java), unchecking the box/changing the number, and selecting "Apply" and "OK." However, I cannot do 1.
My steps so far: go to the Update tab, deselect "Check for Updates Automatically," click "Never Check" instead of "Check Monthly" and see the "Advanced" button get grayed out. Click "Apply" and "OK" and restart. After the machine reboots, open the Java Control Panel... and "Check for Updates Automatically" is enabled again.
A few years ago I had the same problem with a much earlier version of Java. It eventually resolved itself, I assume because it was fixed in a later release. Am I stuck waiting for a fix again, or is there something I can do?
I don't really see my other software interfering, but for completeness, here's everything else I've installed so far:
- ThinkVantage Toolbox (I'm using a ThinkPad)
- Symantec Endpoint Protection
- Firefox 3.6
- IE 9 beta
- VLC player