Here is the answer from tech support of our chat room software. MS/Sun are to blame for the current situation.

----- Original Message -----
From: Support
To: Webmaster
Sent: Monday, August 26, 2002 9:01 AM
Subject: Re: Java issues

Yes, it is. We are caught in the middle of a microsoft / sun war, and have no immediate remedy to recommend. Previous to this the console was downloadable, and fixed the problem. Now microsoft only releases the console in CD version.

----- Original Message -----
From: Webmaster
Sent: Sunday, August 25, 2002 6:39 AM
Subject: Fw: Java issues

Follow-up to "Java issues"

IE6 will not allow installation of JVM

"The Microsoft virtual machine you are atempting to install is a protected system component and can only be updated with a later release of the operating system or service pack."

Is this an M$/Sun issue?