Being one of the widely used programming languages, Java has a lot to offer for several purposes including software and app development. It is not surprising that you are also a Java programmer. But, just like any other programs or applications out there, Java also need frequent updates in order to ensure compatibility with other latest software and dependencies. To follow the latest programming traditions as well, it is necessary to keep Java updated on your Windows 10 PC.
Steps to Update Java on Windows 10
- Type Java in Windows 10 menu search box.
- You will be given a couple of options, including Configure Java. Click on that. It will open the Java control panel.
- Navigate to the Update tab in the window.
- Make sure that you check the box that says Check for Updates Automatically. This will ensure that Java keeps itself updated without you having to do it manually each time.
- At the bottom of the same screen, you will see a button that says Update Now.
- Clicking on it will force Java to manually check for any new versions than the installed one. If it finds any newer versions, you will be prompted to allow Java installer to make changes to your computer.
- Give permission to the installer.
- Follow along with the process to complete the update process.
As easy as that, you will have the latest version of Java installed on your Windows 10 PC. If you do not want Java to automatically update itself to prevent compatibility issues with any old libraries or dependencies, you can simply uncheck the “Check for Updates Automatically” checkbox. But whenever you want to install a newer version, you will have to manually do all these again.
How often should you update Java?
Java has a very active community of developers and new security patches, feature updates, etc. are being added almost every single week. So, it can be hard to keep it updated always. So, it is okay to keep it out of date for a while and update only when there is an important security patch or a feature addition that you have been waiting for. Unless the update is important, it is safe to keep using an older version of Java. Keep updated with the latest Java news and changelog to track the changes.