Java Portable 6 Update 17.2 Released

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Submitted by John T. Haller on December 6, 2009 - 7:37pm

logoJava Portable 6 Update 17.2 has been released by Java Portable allows you to easily install the Java runtime engine to your device for use with portable apps like Portable, all without any Java runtime on the local PC. This release fixes an installation and configuration issue on some PCs and may not be necessary for users already running 6 Update 17 successfully. It's packaged in Format for easy use from any portable device and integration with the Suite. And it's completely free.

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.2 Note: The original 17.1 release had an installation issue which has been fixed with 17.2. Our apologies for any inconvenience.


Java Portable allows you to easily add a Java runtime environment to your portable device. It automatically works with apps in Format like Portable. No Java runtime environment needs to be installed on the local machine and no admin rights are required. The Sun JVM will be downloaded directly from Sun's servers as part of the installation process.

Java Portable Launcher

In addition to using Java Portable with portable apps packaged in Format, you can also use our Java Portable Launcher to run Java apps in JAR format. It will even automatically portablize the settings of many Java apps.

Java Portable Apps Coming

This release of Java Portable marks the beginning of Java apps on the Platform. We have an array of Java-based portable apps in testing and will begin releasing them soon.

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If you develop a Java app and would like help packaging your software in Format, just post a note to the Development Forum and we'll help you out. Installer / Format

Java Portable is packaged as a Installer so it will automatically detect an existing installation when your drive is plugged in. It supports upgrades by installing right over an existing copy, preserving all settings. And it's in Format, so it automatically works with the Suite including the Menu and Backup Utility.


The Installer is available for immediate download from the Java Portable homepage. Get it today!

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Gizmokid2005's picture

After Java is downloaded, the installer errors with this: "ERROR: (jre-6u17-windows-i586-s.exe >"

John T. Haller's picture

There is a bug in the installer. I've pulled it and will repost shortly. Apologies.

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John T. Haller's picture

An install bug in 6 Update 17.1 has been fixed in 6 Update 17.2. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

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Gord Caswell's picture


It may be this particular computer again, but when using this install, I receive an error indicating Java could not be downloaded, specifically a SendRequest Error. I have here the error box, and a screenshot of both this error and the main window here.

John T. Haller's picture

If it's still than one computer, I'm willing to say it's just borked at this point... it may have been installed with one of those oddball "lite" Windows installers which messes up stuff or locked down in a very odd specific way. Either that or you have a bad drive (if it's the same one). Since no one else can reproduce this anywhere, that is.

UPDATE: Oops. This is a different error than you got before. This is actually an error in downloading, which means it could be a network issue. Try again. Or try again on another PC.

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I got exactly the same error message as ve4jhj. Windows XP sp2. 1.1 GB free on flash drive.

Just noticed that I had previously downloaded 6_17 which (I believe) had installed OK. I thought 6_17.2 was an update to that, which I guess isn't so. Will this partial install cause problems? What's the best way to make sure that JAVA is working properly? Should I remove it and try reinstalling?

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If you got a SendRequest Error, that's a download issue. It usually means the download was blocked or incomplete. It could be a connection issue.

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Gord Caswell's picture

I'm not sure what the problem was, I tried again on the same computer a few hours later with the same download, and it worked with no problems. Maybe a problem on Sun's side?

BuddhaChu's picture

I got the download error, came back to this post/thread and read this discussion, then tried the PortableJava installer again and it worked. That all happened within 5 minutes so I'd assume something is wonky with Sun's stuff.

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How do I get PA Firefox browser to detect and use PA Java? Both reside on the same flash drive.

No trouble installing, btw.

Thanks for all the great Portable Apps! ... and thanks to Mr. Haller for the article on disabling cAPS lOCK!

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As stated on the Java Portable page, this doesn't work with Firefox Portable. The Java plugin for Firefox (which is not open source so we can't modify it) only works with a locally installed JVM registered on the local PC. We're working on a solution.

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Thanks for the fast reply.

As stated on the Java Portable page, this doesn't work with Firefox Portable.

Sorry, I didn't see that page, only this page (from the home page, link to "Java 6 v17.2").
My mistake, though it might not hurt to repeat that statement here for others who hit the link directly. Looking forward to the solution.