I thought that as long as you had the JRE version installed you didn't need the plugin. I have Java set in IE 7 as the default setting.
I get an ActiveX install message for the Java 5.0_12 plugin whenever I access a particular web page. I have Java 5.0_12 JRE installed on my computer. Any ideas as to why I'm getting this install prompt? If I allow the plugin to install the page works fine, otherwise I get an error message.
Is there something wrong with how the web page is configured?
JRE (Java Runtime Environment) is mainly for executing your <.class> files in the host machine.But, in case if you want to view java contents over web pages you need to have Java plugin installed for your browser.Then only you can view those contents in web pages.
You can take a look at this one to get it better Java FAQ
[ December 04, 2007: Message edited by: Balasubramanian Chandrasekaran ]