Prevent “Java Update Available” Balloon Messages

I’m tired of getting notifications in Microsoft Windows or Mac OSX that there is a Java update available. I set out on a mission to disable this annoying message. Follow these steps if you want to do the same.

Option 1 – From Java Control Panel

  1. Open the “Control Panel“.
  2. Windows users select “Programs” >”Java“. Mac OSX users can select “System Preferences” > “Java“.
  3. Click the “Update” tab.
  4. Uncheck the box for “Check for Updates Automatically“.
  5. Select “Do Not Check“.
  6. Select “OK“, and you’re done. The “Java Update Available” message will no longer appear on this computer.

Option 2 – From Windows Registry

  1. Hold the Windows Key while pressing “R” to bring up the Windows Run dialog.
  2. Type “regedit“, then press “Enter“.
  3. On 32-bit versions of Windows, you can navigate to:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    • SOFTWARE
    • JavaSoft
    • Java Update
    • Policy

    On 64-bit versions, navigate to:

    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    • SOFTWARE
    • Wow6432Node
    • JavaSoft
    • Java Update
    • Policy
  4. A REG_DWORD value called “EnableJavaUpdate” can be created or modified.
    • 1 = Enabled
    • 0 = Disabled

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