...but as we suspected it was set again by default to do that auto update crap..even though in 7u7 it was set to never do that.
That is par for the course these days. Just about everyone (Adobe, Apple, Oracle, etc) ignore previous preferences and sometimes even the ones you select at install time and enable/re-enable auto updating.
I actually have a mental checklist to go disable/uninstall auto-updating. I also check to see if any services were added and remove them if they were. -- Don't feed trolls--it only makes them grow!
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Same here..but in that case of XP..one could not even access that panel GUI for Java..I also have them go into the advanced tab and change a few things in there iif they really need java installed. Screenshot above is default settings in the advanced before changes made there.
I usually run javacpl.exe manually, and as an Administrator, since some time ago Sun/Oracle decided to make many settings only available to Administrators and I'm usually logged into a non-Admin account.
FYI if you have the 64-bit version of Java installed along with the 32-bit they share the same settings. I use the 32-bit javacpl.exe. -- Don't feed trolls--it only makes them grow!