Saturday, September 23, 2017

Oracle Java™ Platform, Standard Edition 9 Released


Oracle released Java™ Platform, Standard Edition 9, 64-bit only, for Windows 7, Windows 8x, Windows 10 as well as Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016 R and Windows Server 2016 R2.  The update includes security enhancements.

For browser support as well as Linux, Solaris and Mac OS X, see Oracle JDK 9 and JRE 9 Certified System Configurations Contents. Java Version 9 is not compatible with Windows XP or Windows Vista. 

Oracle does not plan to migrate desktops from Java 8 to Java 9 through the auto update feature.  Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you uninstall JRE 8 prior to updating.

    Download Information

    • UNcheck any pre-checked toolbar and/or software options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.  Preferably, see the instructions below on how to handle "Unwanted Extras". 
    • Verify your version

      :  The Java version verification page will only work if your browser has NPAPI support.  In that case, to check the version, open a cmd window and enter the following (note the space following Java):  java -version

    Critical Patch Updates

    For Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Updates, the next scheduled dates are as follows:
    • 17 October 2017
    • 16 January 2018
    • 17 April 2018
    • 17 July 2018

    "Unwanted Extras"

    Although most people do not need Java on their computer, there are some programs and games that require Java.  In the event you need to continue using Java, How-to Geek discovered a little-known and  unpublicized option in the Java Control Panel to suppress the offers for the pre-checked unwanted extras that Oracle has long included with the updates.  Although the Ask Toolbar has been removed, tha does not preclude the pre-checked option for some other unnecessary add-on.

    Do the following to suppress the sponsor offers:
    1. Launch the Windows Start menu
    2. Click on Programs
    3. Find the Java program listing
    4. Click Configure Java to launch the Java Control Panel
    5. Click the Advanced tab and go to the "Miscellaneous" section at the bottom.
    6. Check the box by the “Suppress sponsor offers when installing or updating Java” option and click OK.
    Java suppress sponsor offers

    Java Security Recommendations

    1)  In the Java Control Panel, at minimum, set the security to high.
    2)  Keep Java disabled until needed.  Uncheck the box "Enable Java content in the browser" in the Java Control Panel.

    3)  Instructions on removing older (and less secure) versions of Java can be found at

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    Anonymous said...

    Hi, Corrine

    I have Windows 7 Pro and haven't updated to this most recent Java yet. I realize they (supposedly) wouldn't release it unless it was ready, but is there any wisdom in maybe delaying just a bit to update in case there are bugs yet to be found? (I'm worrying about the update not going smoothly and it becoming a nightmare to get things back to normal. I don't use Java at all, but my mom LOVES the Pogo games which use it, so I just don't want a major problem here.) :-)



    Corrine said...

    Hi, Scott.

    Yes, you can delay the update for a while. Java 8 will continue to be supported for the coming months, withe next scheduled security update 17 October 2017. If you elect to wait until that update is released, before installing Java 9, be sure to create a fresh System Restore point.

    Anonymous said...

    A belated 'thank you' for your reply!


    Corrine said...

    You're welcome!