Despite the ubiquity of rich media online plug-ins such as Adobe Flash, Java remains an important application for browsing the web. Developed by Sun, Java is used to power interactive elements across the web and is an important plug-in to experience the web to the fullest. While most HP computers come preconfigured with a Java installation, its easy to download and install missing Java plug-ins if you need them.
Check to see if you have a version of Java installed. Sun provides a free plug-in check on their website. A direct link is provided in the Resources section of this article. If you have a version of Java installed, you may not need to download the plug-in.
Proceed to the Java download page if you don't have the plug-in. Depending on your browser settings and operating system, Sun may be able to detect the version of Java you need. If not, you can select manually based on your operating system.
Download the plug-in to an easily accessible place on your hard drive. The file size is about 100 kilobytes, so the file should not take long to download.
Open the file and agree to the license terms.
Select any optional software you want to install with your plug-in and hit "Proceed." The installer will download and configure your plug-in files automatically.
Return to Sun's website and perform the Java test again. If installed correctly, the Java program, which is called an applet, is displayed.
- The software Sun offers during the plug-in installation is provided by its partners. The additional software is not required to run the Java plug-in and will take up additional space on your hard drive.
- If you're upgrading your Java plug-in, uninstall the old version first or use the included auto updater.
- Your computer and Internet browsers may need to be restarted after the plug-in installation is complete.
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