Chrome, Java, and 64-bit Windows
So, the Java updater said that there was a new version available. I said “fine, go ahead and install it.” When it finished, it launched the obligatory “check to make sure Java is working in your browser page” and Chrome barfed all over the place. It didn’t think that Java was installed at all. Weird, since it was installed and working fine two minutes ago.
Turns out that the updater apparently isn’t smart enough to figure out whether you’re running the 64-bit version or the 32-bit version of Java, and it will automatically install 32-bit just for the heck of it. If you’re running Windows 64-bit (as I am) *and* you’re running 64-bit Chrome (check), then you’re going to run into problems.
Solution? Uninstall Java, go to the Java Manual Download page and download the 64-bit version. Shut down Chrome (just to be sure) and install the 64-bit version and you should be golden.