Packaging Java Versions
Last week I was in Connecticut visiting a company that has several Connect members. I was invited to create a package with an Internet Explorer that needed a special Java version.
The image the customer used had Windows XP Service Pack 3 and Java version 1.5-15 installed for their application.
The customer wanted to upgrade the Java version to 1.6 because some applications needed that.
How I solved the problem:
- I uninstalled the Java version 1.5-15 local installed.
- Then I created an SVS package with that Java version.
- Inside the package I created a folder named c:\program files\passport explorer. Inside that folder I copied the standard iexplorer.exe.
- Then I created a desktop shortcut from that iexplorer with the site name in the shortcut target path.
- Then I installed the new Java version locally on the system.
- After starting the new application in the task bar the new Java version showed up.
- Then I clicked the shortcut I created.
The application worked and it used the old java version it should use.
15 minutes of work and a very satisfied customer...