Java is a computing platform used for some of GCU's multimedia websites. These sites may not function properly unless you have Java installed. Before installing Java on your device, first check to see if it is already installed. You can do so by clicking the Verifying if you have Java installed heading below.
The creators of Java have a helpful tool that can be used to verify if you have Java installed.
- To verify if you have Java, start at the java.com website
- Select the Need Help?
- Select the Test Java option.
- Click on the red Agree and Continue button
- If you have Java installed, a list of the installed Java versions will appear. If not, you will see that there is not a version of Java installed.
- Make sure to have the Java version 8 installed. If you have other versions, select the previous versions and then select Uninstall Selected Versions.
To install Java:
- Start by visiting the java.com website
- Choose the Free Java Download option
- Select Agree and Start Free download
- You can either open or save the install file. If you choose to save it, locate the installer in your Downloads folder after the download is complete and double-click the file.
- Allow the program to make changes
Once the download is finished and the installation begins, make sure to clear the check box for the installation of the Ask.com Toolbar.
Once the installation is complete, restart your computer.
If you need to install Java on your Mac, check out this guide from Java's help site!
Having multiple versions of Java can cause conflicts that result in both versions not working. To resolve any potential conflicts, make sure that your computer only has the latest version of Java installed. You can check which version(s) of Java you have by viewing your installed Programs and Features in the Control Panel.
- First, let's go to Start and click Control Panel
- Inside of the Control Panel, select Programs and Features
- Here, we'll want to locate the older versions of Java to uninstall
- Right-click on the previous version and click Uninstall. Alternatively, you can also press the Uninstall button at the top after selecting the older version
If there are other pieces of software you'd like to remove for your computer, check out our guide on Computer Troubleshooting.