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IE, depending on the tag used on the webpage, will determine if Java is installed. Object tag, applet tag or embed.
The new enable/disable Java feature in 7u10 may be an easy way to reset one of the values if one is out of whack.
Disable and then Enable from the control panel: https://www.java.com/en/download/help/disable_browser.xml
Make sure to restart the browser each time.
Absolutely correct sir! That fixed the problem -- many thanks!
Edited by: 980021 on Jan 4, 2013 3:52 PM
Great. Happy to hear it worked!
Seems I spoke too soon. The suggestion worked one time, then IE lost Java again. After disabling Java in the browser through the control panel my wife went to www.pogo.com and tried to load one of her games, and it loaded successfully. She closed the browser, finished what she had been doing, then opened IE and went back to the Pogo site. This time the game wouldn't load and the "needs Java" message popped up. This time disabling and reenabling Java in the browser through the control panel as before doesn't help. Her game still gives the "needs Java" message. I haven't tried rebooting the computer as my wife needs to finish some work, but I'll try that when she's through and see if that has any effect.
Had to post something to change question back to "not answered," so this is it. :)
Tried rebooting the PC then disabling/reenabling Java in the browser through the Java control panel as before. Also tried deleting the temporary internet files through the Java control panel. Still getting the "need Java" message. The IE Manage Add-Ons screen shows that the Java components are there and enabled. As before, Java is working fine through Firefox.
I'm going to give this a rest tonight and go play poker. :) If you have any further suggestions please post them and I'll give it a try again tomorrow. Many thanks for your help!