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    I would like to get this working to silently remove old versions of Java from my corporate machines.

    I tried the command JAVARA.EXE /REMOVEOLD /SILENT but I still show two versions of Java on the machine and the Javara.exe just stays in the task manager.

    Anything I’m doing wrong or is it not possible?


    #4254 Reply
    Shane Gowland

    Unfortunately Windows Installer (which Java uses) doesn’t have an API to uninstall program manually. Attempting to manually remove it from ‘Add Or Remove Programs’ tend to cause more problems than it solves, so, until we can figure out a work around you will need to run the uninstallers from the commandline first.

    /REMOVEOLD may leave two versions of the JRE if you’re using both ‘JRE 6 update 31’ and ‘JRE 7 update 3’

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    Can you use the msiexec /x /qn command to uninstall the java versions? See

    #5163 Reply
    Shane Gowland

    Shawn; that’s the method we’re currently using.

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