4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 6, 2012 2:33 PM by Linc Davis
Adrian Kelly Level 1 (0 points)

Hi there, just got a new MacBook Pro and transferred all my ol settings from my last MacBook Pro (OS X 5.8), and it keeps asking me to download java runtime. After the Flashback kerfuffle I disabled and got rid of my java files. Do I need them now?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • shldr2thewheel Level 7 (25,865 points)

    yes, you need java.

  • babowa Level 7 (29,940 points)

    If you try to open anything that requires it (and you don't have it), you will get a prompt to install it. Another way to check is to go to your Applications folder > Utilities > Java Preferences and open that. If you don't have it, you will get this prompt:


    Screen Shot 2012-07-06 at 1.41.33 PM.png

    As you can see, I don't have it and have not come across anything that needs it. The only thing you do need is Java Script which is different - it is by default enabled in Safari:


    Screen Shot 2012-07-06 at 1.44.18 PM.png


    I intend to only install Java if it is necessary and then, once done, try to disable it.

  • etresoft Level 7 (27,801 points)

    Who is asking you to install Java? You don't need Java. You don't want any software that uses Java.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,436 points)

    If you need to run Java applications or web applets, you need Java. Otherwise, you don't. Nobody but you knows whether you have that need or not.