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    Should I install Java on new Windows 8.1 machine?

    I've just bought a new Windows 8.1 laptop for my granddaughter. I poring over it and, to my surprise, there's no Java! Every Windows machine I've owned or used has had Java, but I don't remember ever actually downloading and installing it from scratch. I well remember the big dust-up over security concerns with Java from last year or earlier. The smart guys were telling us to remove or at least disable Java. I did that, but I don't recall any follow-up on that problem. So here we areódo I install Java on this new machine, or do I wait for the day when it just magically appears in the list of programs? Or do I simply proceed without Java at all?

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    You should have no need to install Java (i.e.: the "Java Runtime Environment") unless you install a program written in the Java programming language which needs the JRE code library.

    Don't confuse Java with JavaScript. JavaScript is a scripting language used on most websites.
    Computer Consultant/Technician since 1998 (first PC was Atari 1040STE in 1988).
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    Confuscius said: "no use running harder if you're on the wrong road" and "any problem once correctly understood is already half-solved".

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    It won't appear magically. Don't bother installing it until you really find a need for it, but you or your granddaughter probably won't do so.

    See Do you need Java? about 3/4 of the way down the home page at JavaTester.org for the few programs or sites that may still need it.

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    Thanks, guys!

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