How To Make Internet Explorer and Google Chrome Use a Specific Version of Java


With all the versions of Java releases and all the various applications that require specific versions it is always a battle to get these applications to run correctly. Also, with the Google Chrome the release of v42 dropped support of NPAPI plugins which breaks Java support in the browser as well. This makes it hard for us administrators to support older products in the environment while keeping our systems patched and up to date as well. In this post we will explore how to make Internet Explorer and Google Chrome use specific versions of Java.

Internet Explorer

First step is to get Internet Explorer to use a specific version. The steps mentioned here assume you have an older version of Java JRE installed. In this case we are using Java JRE 1.6.45 x86. If not you will need to go to

First make sure Internet Explorer is not open. Open a command prompt as Administrator and type:

cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin


This will open the Java Control Panel. Click on the Advanced tab and expand Default Java for Browsers and make sure Microsoft Intenet Explorer is checked and click ok. You are good to go. To test open the site requiring the specific version of Java.


Google Chrome

To get Google Chrome to use the older Java is a bit different. We will achieve this by using IE Tab extension found here. IE Tab allows Chrome to display web pages using IE within Chrome. Use Java, Silverlight, ActiveX. SharePoint, and more. Install IE Tab on your system, once installed you can open the URL requiring the specific version of Java using IE tab.


As we can see by using the javacpl command for the specific version of Java and IE Tab we can make Internet Explorer and Google Chrome use a specific version of Java!

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