Prevent ‘Java Update Available’ Balloon Messages

I’m tired of getting notifications in Windows that there is a Java update available. I set out on a mission to disable this annoying message.

1. Open the Control Panel.

2. Double-click the Java icon.

3. Click the Updates tab.

4. Uncheck the box for Check for Updates Automatically.

5. Click Never Check.

6. Click OK.


  1. Liz says

    Mitch, you are my Hero of the Day!

    I hated the near-constant “Java Updates.” It’s impossible that any software updates itself that often, in my opinion. I secretly suspect they’re somehow mining marketing data out of this perennial annoyance. THANK YOU!

  2. user says

    alternative method for all windows versions:
    1) Go to Program and Features.
    2) Wait for the program list to fully display
    3) Figure out the rest

  3. Scotty Huff says

    Does anyone know a way to stop the notification balloon, but still DO the update?

  4. Chris King says

    Sorry, I don’t see that behavior. As a normal user the update settings are greyed out but the check box is still there.


  5. Pamela says

    In Vista/Win 7 the solution is to navigate to
    C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin
    if you’re running 64 bit you may also have to do
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin

    Right click on the file javacpl.exe
    Run as Administrator
    Click Continue
    Click the Update tab
    Uncheck the box for Check for Updates Automatically
    Click Never Check
    Click OK

    Now if you open the javacpl.exe file as normal user you will see the check box is still cleared.

  6. Chris King says

    Now, take yourself out of local admin group and reboot. Log back on. You just may find that our lovely Java has renable Auto Updates.

    God I hate that beast almost as much as I hate few programs that I absolutely rely on that require Java!

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