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I've downloaded Java 7 Update 9 from java.com. I've installed it. I can see the icon in my System Preferences.

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So now I quit and reopen Safari v6.0.2 and try to use Java and I get a dialog asking my to install and older version of java.

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So I think, ok... well let's try Chrome and I get some message saying Chrome is crappy.

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So I look for 64-bit Chrome and google says FU, between 2009 and 2012 we don't want to do anything.

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So I hate to, but I download Firefox. I get the same Java 6 dialog...

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I need Java for my work's VPN. How do I get an updated, not full of bugs Java that's already installed as a plugin to work in a browser?

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Well, have you tried installing the Java 6 runtime (the one that you're offered)? –  slhck Dec 7 '12 at 19:33
    
There are a ton of known issues with java 6 - known malware, etc. its also supposed to be EOL soon. I would rather not deal with 6 and just get 7 working. –  Justin808 Dec 7 '12 at 20:06
    
Thats crazy....Once you have Java installed, you should definitely keep it updated. You greatly increase the danger of something bad happening if you are running an out-of-date version of Java. It would be like buying a new car, and then ignoring the important safety recall. Apple should definitely provide an update for this !! –  Simon Dec 7 '12 at 21:23

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These commands worked for me (from How to re-enable the Apple-provided Java SE 6 web plug-in and Web Start functionality).

sudo mkdir -p /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/disabled 
sudo mv /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/disabled
sudo ln -sf /System/Library/Java/Support/Deploy.bundle/Contents/Resources/JavaPlugin2_NPAPI.plugin /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin 
sudo ln -sf /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Commands/javaws /usr/bin/javaws

Even then, my Java site only ran on Firefox.

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You can do it. You have to trick OSX into thinking its Java 6 though. For whatever reason OSX 10.8 doesn't recognize Java 7.

sudo mkdir /System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines
sudo ln -s /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.7.0.jdk /System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0.jdk
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/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.7.0.jdk doesn't exist. /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/ is empty. –  Justin808 Dec 7 '12 at 21:38
    
I just have the JRE installed... I do not need a full development environment. –  Justin808 Dec 7 '12 at 22:14

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