javaw.exe file missing


  • I keep gettin a message on my computer saying:

    windows can't find the file "javaw.exe"

    I tried fixing it by downloading some programs, but the problem still there..

    how can I fix it??

    • Moved by Carey FrischMVP, Moderator Saturday, March 24, 2012 5:04 PM Moved to more appropriate forum category (From:Windows Vista Announcements)
    Saturday, March 24, 2012 4:30 AM

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  • javaw.exe is an executable which is part of the Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE).

    You are probably receiving this error because an application dependent on Java has been installed and is a Startup program. It is also possible, in case, you un-installed Java; that though Java was removed, this entry was left in the startup registry entries.

    To fix the error

    1. Easiest solution - Download and install Java.

    2. Press Windows key + R, type msconfig and press Enter > Startup tab. 


    a - if javaw.exe is in the list, uncheck it > Click OK > Restart to see if issue is fixed.

    b - if javaw.exe is not present; try unchecking any suspicious entries > Click OK > Restart. If issue is not fixed; re-check the entry you unchecked and then uncheck another entry > OK > Restart. Keep doing so until you find the culprit - leave it unchecked.

    Sunday, March 25, 2012 4:00 PM
  • does it have to be javaw could it be just java?

    Saturday, September 20, 2014 1:43 PM
  • Please see: What is javaw.exe?

    Carey Frisch

    Sunday, September 21, 2014 9:20 PM