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  1. Jim Babka
    Jim Babka October 21, 2012 at 10:25 am |

    So what if you’ve already updated and lost the preferences app? How do you get it back?

  2. Jim Babka
    Jim Babka October 21, 2012 at 10:28 am |

    Also, Oracle doesn’t have a Java 6, and the Java 7 they have is only the 64-bit version (I need Java 6 32-bit). So if I follow your link to java.com, they just say I have to use Java 7 (which, by the way, won’t work with Chrome because it’s only 64-bit). Any ideas, or am I permanently screwed?

  3. Christopher Price
    Christopher Price October 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm |

    Jim, unfortunately your easiest fix (for restoring Java Preferences.app) is to pull it from another Mac that hasn’t gotten the update. You might be able to pull the app from an older Java update bundle.

    Apple has posted a guide, after reciving criticism like mine, to restore Java 6 as a browser-plugin:


    It’s worth noting that Apple’s Java 6 SE on Mac is still security-supported. For now.

    I think Apple’s intentions here were not evil, but Apple wanted to wash its hands of Java clearly… and “pushing” people to Oracle is a good way to do that. I think this was just too heavy-handed of a push for a security update.

    Security updates should not modify the user experience. That’s what OS X upgrades are for.

    1. Jim Babka
      Jim Babka October 23, 2012 at 4:55 am |

      All I needed was Web Start to work again. Thanks for the pointer – it works great!


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