How to uninstall the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine (JVM)

Published December 01, 2004

Microsoft JVM is no longer supported by Microsoft, and it is recommended to remove it and install the Sun Microsystems JVM. The steps for removing Microsoft Java Virtual (JVM) are given below.


  • Start โ†’ Run
  • Type RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection java.inf,UnInstall
  • The un-install process begins. Click Yes to confirm.
  • Reboot when prompted.
  • After the machine restarts, delete the following items:
    • the \%systemroot%\java folder
    • the file java.pnf from the \%systemroot%\inf folder
    • the two files jview.exe and wjview.exe from the \%systemroot%\system32 folder
    • the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Java VM registry subkey
    • the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AdvancedOptions\JAVA_VM registry subkey (to remove the Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) options)
  • Microsoft Java is now removed. You can download Sun's newer JVM for Windows at:

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Last Updated: December 01, 2004. ย ย ย  This post was originally written on December 04, 2004.