I use Firefox and IE on Win 7x64 and Java 8. I have to open a browser with "Run as administrator" to use the Hughes Speed Test. When I use a browser in normal mode the Java fails with a fascinating array of messages available for my entertainment. All roads lead to a Hughes malfunction.
My computers with Java 7 still run the speed test from normal mode with no problems.
I am seeing the same results as sgoshe. I also tried the workaround and it didn't work for me either. I will try again tomorrow just to see. I ended up going through IE and had to update the java there because it has been a couple years since I even opened it. I got my speed test results that way. They are still great......Thanks Amanda !!!