I saw this on a site that I visit on a regular basis. I thought that others here may find some use for it.
Even though the court of appeals ruled in Microsoft's favor and stayed the lower court's order that would have forced Microsoft to carry the latest version of Java, Microsoft still went ahead and posted an update to its first XP service pack. SP1a removes Microsoft's own Java virtual machine. But Microsoft's not encouraging users to apply the update. In fact, Redmond is doing its best to discourage users from upgrading. "There is no benefit to installing SP1a if you are already running Windows XP SP1. Microsoft does not recommend that you install SP1a if you are already running SP1," Microsoft warns.
Here is the official MS link that discusses this:
Interesting, isn't it.