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Fix Java Error 1723. There is a Problem with this Windows Installer Package

One of the biggest issues with Java, or more precisely the Java Runtime Environment, is that multiple versions of the software can be installed on the same system. This can be solely attributed to a lack of checks during installation to avoid that multiple versions of the Java Runtime Environment are installed on the system. Third party software that ships with a JRE installer adds to that problem.

Sometimes, users may get Java Error 1723 when they try to update, install or uninstall Java. The error message reads:




To make matters worse, the majority of fixes that may help in similar situations won't work to fix error 1723. Using the popular Java uninstaller JavaRA, or the third party software uninstaller Revo Uninstaller, won't fix the issue at all.

Error 1723 usually occurs when Java has been partially or fully removed from the system, but a Registry setting pointing to the installer has not been removed as part of the process. This already outlines what users who experience the error need to do to fix the issue.

It is basically necessary to remove all Java entries in the Windows Registry to make sure that there are not any leftovers listed in the Registry anymore. Once that is done, Java can be reinstalled normally. The following instructions have been posted by a user of the How To Geek forum.

First search and find your windows/installer folder and delete the file that is your java installer. It is an exe file. You may need to unhide hidden files, give yourself admin access, ask to see protected system files etc through folder options. do all of that before deleting the installers. Next, open regedit and look a subkey which contains "Java" and "installer" in its data, in one of the values. Delete the whole thing. Recheck your registry so that there are no references at all to java. NOW and only now, install Java through the installer of your choice. It won't find any old installers to clash, and the error goes away.

Once you have removed all traces of Java you should be able to install the latest Java version on the system without error messages. Just be sure to only delete Java information and not JavaScript information in the Windows Registry.


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  1. Roman ShaRP said on June 6, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    > It is basically necessary to remove all Java entries in the Windows Registry to make sure that there are not any leftovers listed in the Registry anymore.

    To be more precious, not all, but all deleted. I fixed the problem removing Registry entries related to 6u22, 6u30 and 7, but leaving other.

    To see what versions are present and what are not, check “Program Files/Java/” folder.

    Also I want to thank to NirSoft and RegScanner utility, searching Registry like a breeze :)

    1. Andrea Tavazzani said on August 16, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Windows Installer CleanUp Utility (msicuu2) solved for me, it removes stale references to the installer. I’m on Win 7 64-bit. I also discovered that has been removed from the Download Center, but theres a new Fix-It solution.
      “Fix problems with programs that can’t be installed or uninstalled”, hope this help.

      1. GuAme said on November 27, 2013 at 10:58 am

        This worked for me ! It was quick and easy, after having wasted hours on this issue.

      2. Jamil Halil said on June 10, 2014 at 6:47 pm

        thanks Windows Installer CleanUp Utility work for me also

      3. Ram said on May 5, 2016 at 4:52 pm

        Thx a lot this helps me …

      4. Vaishali said on June 21, 2016 at 7:46 am

        This is work for me..Now i am able to install again.

        Thanks alot

      5. Abhinav said on October 30, 2017 at 3:56 pm

        It worked…..Thanks a lot

      6. Anonymous said on May 7, 2018 at 4:47 am

        thank you

      7. sat5 said on August 6, 2019 at 11:30 pm

        Bro I dont know how to thank you but i been trying to uninstall this java for several hours and days but finally uninstalled with this troubleshooter. Thank you very much

      8. Sara said on January 3, 2020 at 5:21 pm

        worked very good. Saved so much time.

      9. Kalaijeyan N said on May 20, 2020 at 7:40 am

        Thank you so much

  2. boris said on June 7, 2012 at 12:12 am

    I removed Java few weeks ago and no problem. Couple times a week get an announcement on top of Firefox that I need to install plugin to properly view some website but never on important pages. I have only four plugins and do not plan to install anymore.

  3. Morely the IT Guy said on June 7, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Java seemed like a good idea when it was first implemented (“write once, run everywhere”) but the hardware then was too anemic. Then Sun decided that new versions of Java shouldn’t uninstall old versions, thus leading to Java overload (and installer errors). Then Oracle bought Sun. Now the Java motto is, “40 gazillion devices run Java. Oracle is suing all of them.”

    We have implemented a strict policy here at work, since Oracle sued Google over Java APIs: (1) uninstall Java everywhere; (2) ban the use of Java.

    Problem solved.

  4. Roman ShaRP said on June 7, 2012 at 12:22 am

    2 Morely the IT Guy

    And how do you execute Android users – fire squad or gas chambers? ;- )

  5. Taomyn said on June 7, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Since some point in v1.6 Java normally removes older v1.6 or above versions for you. The only remaining ones will be v1.5 which as you state would build up with each release/update and got very annoying.

    I’ve not had to sweep up old versions for quite some time.

  6. Anonymous said on October 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Before modifying the Registry, check Recycle Bin to see if the folder for the version you’re trying to delete is there. If so, restore it. Then try to uninstall Java. This worked for me.

    1. Anonymous said on October 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      This worked for me. Thanks Anon!

  7. JO said on September 27, 2013 at 5:21 pm


  8. ifeanyi said on November 21, 2015 at 10:04 am

    i could’nt any java information in the window registry.
    can I install java now to fix the error the error mesage problem

  9. Joshua said on December 5, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Thanks that really helps!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’d recommend oracle put that one on their webpage!!!!!!! thank you so much !!!!!!!!!!!!1

  10. Anonymous said on July 19, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Thank you solved for me also

  11. satyamsetti srinu said on November 8, 2017 at 2:44 am

    hi every one … download revo installer to remove missing software files. I’m trying and working super

  12. sekhar said on January 18, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks!! it works for me..

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