Sun Java & Microsoft Java - are they the same?.

  anchor 17:39 06 Sep 03

It appears not!.

In the Helpfile section of the September issue of Computer Buyer, (page 298), there is an interesting article about this. It appears that a many sites are sticking the the Microsoft version of Java, (called "Microsoft Virtual machine"). As a result the "real" Sun version will not run correctly, if at all.

It is suggested that install both Java versions, and if you come across a site that does not run using the Sun version, go to Internet Explorer, Tools, Options, scroll down until you find a check box to enable SunJVM, and clear it.

If later, you come across a site that does not run properly on the Microsoft version, repeat the process, ticking the box to re-enable it. Fuller details can be found here:

click here

In my own experience, I have yet to come across a site that had difficulty running with only the Microsoft version installed.

To download the Microsoft version, look for the file msjavx86.exe on this site,

click here

The Sun version can be downloaded from here:

click here

(N.B.) Java is not installed by default with Windows XP. Also, ensure you have ticked; "JIT compiler for virtual machine enabled" in Internet Options, advanced.

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