All this and you’ll never be prompted to install the Ask Toolbar again.
We’ve written extensively about Java and the problems with the platform over the years; if you need a solid primer on why exactly Java is such a problem we’d strongly suggest reading over Java Is Awful and Insecure, It’s Time to Disable It, Here’s How.
As awful as Java is and as prone to zero day exploits as it may be, it’s also the magic that drives Minecraft, for better or worse.
The short version is that Minecraft is now bundling a standalone version of Java into their installation and it doesn’t have the security problems and annoyances that regular Java does.
The really great thing is that Minecraft should actually run faster in our testing if you use their version instead of the version you already have installed.
The switch over process is as close to painless as it gets; it won’t change where your user data is stored so your there’s no worry about fussing with changing your profile or creating a new one, or any changes with your world saves.
You will need to make a very minor tweak, however, as the installer (as of this tutorial) does not automatically default to the new Java instance and will continue to use your existing Java install. EXE file as all it did was call up the data stored in your user data folder; the launcher acted essentially like a super charged shortcut.You can see how, if you had the habit of just keeping on the desktop or the like, you might want to keep it in a distinct folder now.Once in the launcher one small but important tweak is necessary.You need to edit that path to point to the file downloaded by the launcher.This file is relatively located to the launcher executable.The Java executable used by Minecraft stays with Minecraft and is as good as invisible and inaccessible to the rest of the system.