Trying to install Java, wizard interruption

Shuttle / Mv42
March 14, 2011 at 15:40:08
Specs: Win2000, SP4, 1.8 GHz / 991 MB
I received a prompt to install a newer version of Java (6.24), and decided to remove the one I had already (6.23) previous to the installation. I then proceeded to run the exe file for the new one, and got an error message, saying that the installation could not complete because the wizard was interrupted. I tried again, several times.

I could not restore the previous version, since I had gotten rid of it.

Then, I tried using downloading and installing the "JRE", instead, and it also came up with an error message, saying the "gdiplus.dll" was not found in the path specified, and gave a bunch of paths.

I then did a search for this dll, and found it in two places, one related to NET framework, and the other related to OFFICE.

I googled the problem, and one site said to go to a specific place to download the file and install it. Another site said not to do that, since problems often arise from downloaded dll's, and it should be replaced from the original source.

I'm running windows2000Pro, and do not have my CD, but I do have a CD for Win2K Server. Can I use this CD instead of the W2KPro CD to run SFC, to find the file?


P.S.,,the file should be in the Win32 folder, from what I've read. Can I just copy the dll from one of the other locations?

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March 14, 2011 at 15:42:21
P.S.,,the file should be in the Win32 folder, from what I've read. Can I just copy the dll from one of the other locations?

(Sorry, I didn't think of using "edit" to add this to the above until after I'd posted this "reply". Now I can't figure out how to delete the reply.)

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March 25, 2011 at 21:01:08
Java 6 Update 24 will likely not run. It appears Update 23 was the last version to run under Windows 2000.

If you look at an archived version of the Java web site here, you will see Update 23 supported Windows 2000, among other operating systems.

However, if you look at Sun's current Java download page, you will notice that the supported operating systems are only Windows XP and Windows 7.

I think it's hilarious to note that they didn't even bother to mention Windows Vista.

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March 25, 2011 at 21:07:40
If you want to download an older version of Java, you can access the archive of Java products here at the Archive: Java[tm] Technology Products Download.

The "Download Java SE Runtime Environment 6u23 for Windows, Multi-language" page is here, and the direct download for Java 6 Update 23 is available directly from here.

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March 26, 2011 at 00:36:02
Okay. Thanks for the replies.

I gave up on installing Java, until my browser (Firefox) prompted me to install it as an add-on to the browser. After allowing Firefox to install Java, I went to look for it in "add/remove programs", and found Java version 6.22.

I tried downloading and installing the next version, 6.23, per the last two posts, but I got the following error message:

jre-6u23-windows-j586(2).exe - Unable To Locate DLL

"The dynamic link library gdiplus.dll could not be found in the specified path C:\Documents and Settings\[My Name]\My Documents\Downloads;.;C:\WINNT\system32;C:\WINNT\system;C:\WINNT;C:\WINNT\system32;C:\WINNT;C:\WINNT\System32\Wbem;C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adaptec Shared\System."

So, should I just be content with Java 6.22? or should I try to find gdiplus.dll somewhere and install it?

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March 26, 2011 at 11:55:30
If Java 6 Update 22 works, then I may have made a mistake and meant to say Update 22 was the last version that runs on Windows 2000.

I will post back and let you know if I found a solution, which I may.

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March 26, 2011 at 12:15:44
I have sumitted a bug report to Sun Microsystems (the owner of Java) to see if Windows 2000 was in fact dropped with Update 23. Let's seee what they have to say.

I find it very odd that they would have voluntarily dropped support with an interim update. Usually programs drop support with entire new releases and branches, like going from Java 6 to Java 7. An example of this would be that Sun officially dropped support for Windows 98 with version 6 of Java. However, Kernel Ex will allow Java 6 to run without a problem. It's possible that part of the update broke compatability with Windows 2000, as did a beta version of Firefox 4. However, the "broken" Firefox 4 was fixed and Firefox 4 now runs flawlessly on Windows 2000.

I also find it odd considering that Windows XP is compatible; Windows XP is NT 5.1 and Windows 2000 is NT 5.0, and there aren't many differences between the two operating systems; although XP has gone through several service packs and updates, and it's possible that Update 23 now exploits new features that are not available in Windows 2000.

I'm confident there is a workaround; we just need to figure out what it is. I'll tinker around and let you know, unless I hear back from Sun first.

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March 26, 2011 at 13:51:07
Thanks for your trouble.

I guess when Firefox prompted me to allow an automatic Java install, and it gave me version 6.22, someone must have known what they were doing?

I'm always curious, nevertheless. I always like to know "why".

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April 26, 2011 at 08:47:47
I had same problem as OP - missing gdiplus.dll on Win2K, which only caused me a problem when I tried installing Java 1.6u24 over 1.6u3. Seems GDI+ is optional in Win2K, and some apps include it in their install directories.

I got the latest version direct from MS here:

extracted hotfix to temporary folder, and copied gdiplus.dll into WINNT\system32.

@sdfox7 - yes, I agree, I'd be suprised if it had been dropped deliberately on a minor version, but equally suprised it disappeared from the list of OSs quite recently. Looks like it was just an installer problem - mine's running fine in FFx 3.6.16.


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May 1, 2011 at 09:29:01
It's very likely that you were notified of an update available, because Java's jusched.exe program may only check for NT 5.x, instead of NT 5.1. Windows 2000 and XP both qualify as NT 5.x, however, only Windows XP qualifies as NT 5.1; as Windows 2000 is NT 5.0.

If Sun did deliberately break compatibility, they should change the string so that it only looks for NT 5.1 and doesn't detect NT 5.x.

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May 6, 2011 at 02:50:22
I have all updates disabled. jusched doesn't run on any of my machines. I like stable computers! So I can't comment on the updater OS detection.

This was effectively a clean install, since 1.6u24 goes into a different folder to 1.6u03 anyway (they've changed the path to just "jre6" from "jre1.6_03" or something like that).

The problem on Win2K is ONLY with the main installer (I don't know about the updater) - the Java works fine. I ended up going back to a previous disk image of the machine for other reasons, and went through the process again. This time, the gdiplus.dll I'd used was in the same folder on the USB drive as jre-6u24-windows-i586-s.exe, and the installer ran fine - no need to put anything into system32.

I now have a different problem: the official Java version test doesn't work for me with IE6sp1 on Win2K. However, I can't be sure it worked with 1.6u03 either. It's absolutely fine in Firefox 3.6.16, which is what I normally use.

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