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Which Java download should I choose for my 64-bit Windows operating system?


This article applies to:
  • Platform(s): 64-bit Windows, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 2008 Server
  • Browser(s): Internet Explorer, Firefox
  • Java version(s): 6.0, 7.0

The information on this page is intended for users of a 64-bit Windows operating system.
You can check if you are running 64-bit Windows before downloading 64-bit Java for Windows using the following link.

ยป How to determine if your system is running on 64-bit Windows (Microsoft)

SUMMARY
64-bit Windows operating systems (which may be Windows 7, Vista or XP) come with a 32-bit Internet Explorer (IE) browser as the standard (default) for viewing web pages. These operating systems also include a 64-bit Internet Explorer browser, however using it is optional and it must be explicitly selected to view web pages. Note that because some web content may not work properly in a 64-bit browser, we recommend using the default 32-bit browser and downloading 32-bit Java.

VERIFY BROWSER
Follow the steps to verify whether you are using a 32-bit or 64-bit browser.

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS
Click on the item below that represents your set up:

Verify if you are using 32-bit or 64-bit browser

Internet Explorer
  1. Launch Internet Explorer browser.
  2. Click on the Help tab at the top.
  3. Select About Internet Explorer which will bring up an information window.
If version of IE displays 64-bit Edition, then it is 64-bit IE, otherwise it is a 32-bit browser.

Firefox
To determine whether you are running on a 64-bit version of Firefox, use either of these methods.
  • Check the About Firefox panel
  • Type in the browser address about:support
If you are running 64-bit Firefox, it may be indicated as 64-bit (e.g., Win64); otherwise it is a 32-bit version of Firefox.

Download

64-bit Java is presented as a download option automatically for 64-bit Internet Explorer and 64-bit Firefox. Switch to the 64-bit browser to access the 64-bit download.

Java for 32-bit browsers
Users should download 32-bit Java software, if they are using 32-bit browser on their 64-bit Windows. For downloading and installing 32-bit Java on your system
  1. Go to Java.com
  2. Click on the Free Java Download button, and start the installation process
Java for 64-bit browsers
Users should download 64-bit Java software, if they are running 64-bit browsers. From a 64-bit browser, download 64-bit Java from the manual page.

At this time, Online Installation and Java Update features are not available for 64-bit architectures.

This means that you will not see an Update tab as part of the Java Control Panel. You can manually update Java on 64-bit Windows by running the latest Java 64-bit offline installer

Follow these instructions for installing 64-bit Java on your system.
  1. Choose the 64-bit Windows offline download. The File Download dialog box appears.
  2. Choose the folder location. (Save the file to a known location on your computer, for example, to your desktop) and Click Save.
  3. Close all applications including the browser.
  4. Double-click on the saved file icon to start the installation process
For more information refer Microsoft 32-bit-and-64-bit-Windows- FAQs


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