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Article ID: 163637 - Last Review: May 14, 2007 - Revision: 9.3

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SUMMARY

The current version (or build number) of the Microsoft virtual machine (Microsoft VM) is 3810. You can update previous versions of the Microsoft VM to Build 3810 if you install the 816093 critical update. For additional information about how to obtain and install the 816093 critical update, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
816093  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816093/EN-US/ ) MS03-011: Flaw in the Microsoft VM Could Enable System Compromise
For more information about the Microsoft virtual machine, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/java/ (http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/java/)
Notes
  • Microsoft does not provide a downloadable version of the Microsoft VM for computers that do not already have the Microsoft VM installed. If you do not have the Microsoft VM installed, you cannot install updates to the Microsoft VM. Windows Update does not offer updates to the Microsoft VM if the Microsoft VM is not installed on your computer.
  • Make sure that you are not currently using the Microsoft VM when you try to update it. If you have run a Java applet in a session of Internet Explorer, you must quit Internet Explorer before you install updates to the Microsoft VM. If you are using Internet Explorer 4.x or later with Active Desktop enabled, you may have to restart your computer (after you temporarily remove any Java components from your Active Desktop) to unload the Microsoft VM.

MORE INFORMATION

To determine if the Microsoft VM is installed, or to determine the version that you are running, locate the Msjava.dll file in the %Windir%\System folder or the %Windir%\System32 folder. Typically, you can use the Microsoft VM Command Line Interpreter (Jview.exe) to determine the version of the Microsoft VM that you are running. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open text box, type the command for your operating system, and then click OK:
    • command.com (Microsoft Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition)

      -or-
    • cmd (Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003)
  3. At the command prompt, type jview, and then press ENTER.

    If the Microsoft VM Command Line Interpreter (Jview.exe) is not installed, you receive one of the following error messages:
    • Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition
      Bad command or file name
    • Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003
      'jview' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
To determine the version of the Microsoft VM in this case, open the %Windir%\System folder or the %Windir%\System32 folder in Windows Explorer, locate the Msjava.dll file, right-click the file name, and then click Properties. On the Version tab, note the version File version.

Notes
  • The Microsoft VM is a protected operating system component in Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) and earlier. Therefore, you can only update the Microsoft VM on Windows 2000 SP3 and earlier by installing Windows 2000 Service Pack releases or a Windows 2000 hotfix. For additional information about Windows File Protection, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    222193  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/222193/ ) Description of the Windows File Protection Feature
  • The Microsoft VM is not included with Windows Server 2003, the original version of Windows XP, or Windows XP SP1a, but it may be present on these systems if you upgrade over a previous version of Windows that included the Microsoft VM, or if the Microsoft VM was installed by a third party (such as an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) that redistributes the Microsoft VM. For additional information about Windows XP SP1a, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    813926  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/813926/ ) Differences Between Windows XP S about Windows XP SP1a and Windows XP S about Windows XP SP1aa
Note Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) does not install or update the Microsoft VM, and the Microsoft VM is no longer a protected operating system component in Windows 2000 SP4. For additional information and the Microsoft VM and Windows 2000 SP4, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
820101  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/820101/ ) Frequently Asked Questions About the Microsoft VM and Windows 2000 Service Pack 4

REFERENCES

For additional information about how to install updates to the Microsoft VM without user input or notification (silently) and without restarting the computer, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
304930  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304930/ ) How to Install Microsoft Virtual Machine Updates Silently Without Restarting Your Computer
For additional information about shipping vehicles for the Microsoft VM and Microsoft VM updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
169803  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/169803/ ) INFO: Historical List of Shipping Vehicles for Microsoft VM
For additional information about the JDK compatibility for specific operating systems for each version of Internet Explorer and for each version of the Microsoft VM, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
214828  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/214828/ ) INFO: JDK Compatibility for Microsoft VM
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
299672  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/299672/ ) Microsoft Virtual Machine Updates Are Available Only from Windows Update
For support information about Visual J++ and the SDK for Java, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/java (http://www.microsoft.com/java)

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Visual J++ 1.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual J++ 1.1 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual J++ 6.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.02
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 128-Bit Edition
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer (Programming) 6.0
  • Microsoft Software Development Kit for Java 1.51
  • Microsoft Software Development Kit for Java 2.01
  • Microsoft Software Development Kit for Java 2.02
  • Microsoft Software Development Kit for Java 3.0
  • Microsoft Software Development Kit for Java 3.1
  • Microsoft Software Development Kit for Java 3.2
  • Microsoft Software Development Kit for Java 4.0
  • Microsoft Java Virtual Machine
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1a
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
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