I've looked in the Java section of the Control Panel, but don't see an obvious way to disable the automatic message balloon that pop up in Windows 7 asking me to update my version of Java. How do I disable them?
You shouldn't disable the update notifier. Instead, change preferences for how often you'd like to be notified of newer versions.
At java website you have all the information you need.
After reading the doc, if you still want to disable the notification, do the following:
- Start regedit.
- Navigate through to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy
- Change the value of EnableAutoUpdateCheck to 0 and the value of EnableJavaUpdate to 0.
Also for 64bit users:
- Start Regedit
- Navigate to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy
- Change the value of EnableJavaUpdate to 0.
- Change the value of NotifyDownload to 0
- Create a new DWORD of EnableAutoUpdateCheck and set the value to 0.
1 - open JAVA control panel by type java in start menu! (Run as Administrator) Java
2 - on update tab deselect(uncheck) "check for update automatically"
3- Select " Do not Check"
4 - all Done!
If changing the notification settings in the Java Control Panel did not help, than it is probably not possible. Check the Update tab of the Java Control Panel. Uncheck "Check for Updates Automatically"
Your best course of action may be to uninstall Java completely if you are not using it. Java is the most widely exploited plugin on a computer and running an out of date version that is plugged in to the browser is very risky. The reason there are so many updates is because it is very problematic and unsafe software to use in a browser.
You can customize the notifications in Windows 7 by clicking the arrow in the Notification Center/System Tray and selecting Customize. You can scroll to the Java icon and change the behavior to "Hide icon & Notifications"