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Guide for deploying Java 1.8_x on a network via Group Policies

Prepare Java 7 Files

Download jre-7u17-windows-i586.exe from http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp (choose the offline installer - the 7u17 version is about 30 MB)

Run jre-7u17-windows-i586.exe. When the installer stops at the first prompt, open  the folder C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Sun\Java\jre1.7.0_17

Note: If you are working on a Windows Vista or Windows 7 machine, the path will be a bit different: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\LocalLow\Sun\Java\jre1.7.0_17

Copy the files in this folder to a new folder.

Customise Java 7 installation

Open the msi copied in the step above with Orca:

Create a new transform and make the following changes to the property table:

Change IEXPLORER to 1 - enables the java plugin for Internet Explorer

Change MOZILLA to 1 - enables the java plugin for Firefox

Change JAVAUPDATE to 0 - stops users being prompted to update Java


Save the transform in the folder with the MSI and CAB files, and close Orca.

Deploy Java 7 using Group Policies

Copy the .msi, .cab and .mst to your remote install share

Deploy via Group policies as normal.

Note: You can test deployment of Java by opening your browser and going to http://www.java.com/en/download/installed.jsp?detect=jre&try=1