Don’t like or want to use Java on your computer? Follow these simple steps to uninstall Java in Windows operating system altogether.
Java is one of the most popular languages to create applications, web services, and server-client applications. Though Java is good at what it does, it is pretty demanding for a regular Windows user. Not to mention, Java has a pretty bad reputation when it comes to security and requires constant & late security patches to make it safe. In addition to all this, the Java Update process, which starts with Windows, is a considerable bottleneck for fast system startup. Unless you explicitly use Java in some form, it is better to uninstall it from your system.
Generally, Java is not installed by default. However, if a program requires Java to work, it might install it automatically. On the other hand, laptop manufacturers and pre-built desktop OEMs sometimes install Java to run their applications. If you don’t know whether Java is installed or not, open the Start menu and type “Java.” If you see the Java program in the search results, it is installed on your computer.
If you are not using Java, I recommend you uninstall it to remove another new application and be on the safe side. After all, if some program needs Java, you can always install it from the Oracle website.
In this quick and fun little Windows guide, let me show you the steps to uninstall Java in Windows.
Important note: If you are a Minecraft: Java Edition player, it will work even after you uninstall Java. This is because Minecraft: Java Edition comes bundled with a standalone version of Java. On the other hand, you might have to keep Java installed if you use mods like OptiFine.
Uninstall Java in Windows
You can uninstall Java entirely from the Settings app. Follow the below steps to do so.
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to the “Apps” page.
- Select the “Apps & features” tab on the sidebar.
- Now, scroll down in the right panel to find the “Java” entry.
- Click the Java entry.
- Next, click the “Uninstall” button.
- Click the “Uninstall” button again.
- If you see a UAC prompt, click “Yes.”
- Java will automatically uninstall from this point.
- With that, you’ve successfully uninstalled Java in Windows.
As always, we start with the Settings app. So, open the Settings app with the “Start key + I” keyboard shortcut. You can also open the same by searching for it in the Start menu or clicking the “All Settings” button in the Notification Center.
After opening the Settings app, go to the “Apps -> Apps & features” page. On this page, find the Java application, click on it and click the “Uninstall” button twice.
A quick tip: You can also search for “Java” using the search bar on top of the applications list.
As soon as you click the uninstall button, you might see a UAC (User Access Control) prompt. Click the “Yes” button to continue.
After accepting the UAC prompt, the Java application will be uninstalled immediately. Unlike the older versions, there will be no uninstallation wizard. Everything will be automatic. Once uninstalled, the Java entry will be removed from the app list.
Finally, restart the computer, and you are done.
It is that simple to uninstall Java in Windows. As I said, if some application needs Java, you can download and install it from the Oracle website.
I hope that helps.
If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.