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Installing Java 2 SDK 1.4 in Windows 7

This post shows how to install Java 2 SDK 1.4 in Windows 7. If you’ve worked in IT consulting for some time, you will realize that some clients may still be using older versions of Java. Although this version of Java has reached its End of Service Life (EOSL) in 2008, some companies may still be using it. The reasons may include budget constraints, and some applications not supporting newer versions of Java. In any case, please upgrade to the latest version of Java with urgency.


These are the following items we used for this post.

  • Windows 7 Professional SP1
  • Java 2 SDK 1.4.2 for Windows 32-bit

Download Java 2 SDK 1.4.2 from Oracle

Download the installer for Java 2 SDK 1.4.2 from Oracle. It is available for download. The binary file’s size is 49-51 MB.

Downloaded Java 2 installer

It is a very old file, 7 years old as of this writing.

Install Java 1.4 in Windows 7

Run the Java 1.4 Installer for Windows 7

Once the download of the installer is completed, double-click it to start the installation. The first step of the process is accepting the terms of the license agreement for the installation of Java 2 SDK 1.4.2 in your system. Click the “I accept the terms in the license agreement” radio button.

Install Java 1.4 in Windows 7

The Custom Setup page is displayed next. There is not much to configure here. So, just click the “Next” button.

Install Java 1.4 in Windows 7

Untick all browsers so as not to register them with Java 2 SDK 1.4.2. Next, click “Install”.

Install Java 1.4 in Windows 7

The installation may take a few minutes depending on your machine.

Install Java 1.4 in Windows 7

Installation complete.

Install Java 1.4 in Windows 7

Verify Installation Of Java 1.4 in Windows 7

First, verify the installation by navigating to the directory where it was installed.

Verify Java 2 installation

Next, verify the installation by looking for it in the list of installed programs in Windows 7.

Very Java 2 installation

Upgrade To Latest Java Version

Using outdated Software applications is not a good practice especially when we use these applications in production environments. Moreover, these old applications could compromise your system or may cause service disruption. Therefore, they could impact your clients negatively.

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