thanks for the comments
was ok running it previously (same bat file as witpqs) - was more concerned about the security aspects of java 6 and assume that virus could call it if its on your system even if Java7 was the default
if i reinstall Java6 do you know if that then becomes the default java version (on the basis it was the last version installed) or will Java 7 always be the default?
The link that Damian provided is one that you should bookmark and keep.
Second, you can install Java 6 and then install Java 7. Java 7 should then be the default, just check it with that link.
Many browsers are now better about confining access to plug-ins like Java. I use Chrome, and by default Chrome will not run Java for a web page. Instead, it will ask you if you want to run Java for that site, and just this time or always? And IIRC access for a given web site is automatically shut off if you son't use it for a certaint period of time, after which Chrome will ask you again, just to be safer. This link to a page in Google's Chrome help describes how to manage plug-ins and what web sites you allow to run them http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en-GB&answer=142064
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