Apart from if your computer is running Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8, your computer will also have a 32-bit or 64-bit version that is installed on your computer. The version of Java should correspond with the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows on your computer.
As the 64-bit Windows operating systems (Windows 7, Vista and XP) come with the 32-bit version of Internet Explorer installed, Java recommends installing the 32-bit version of Java for versions of Windows 7, Vista, and XP that are operating on a 64-bit version of Windows.
Therefore, to determine the version of Java that you need:
- Determine if your computer is 64-bit or 32-bit. There is usually a sticker on the computer. If there is not a sticker on your computer, please click here to determine which version of Windows your computer is running.
- If you are running a 64-bit version of Windows, download the 64-bit version of Java. However, if you are also running Windows 7, Vista, and XP, download the 32-bit version of Java instead.
- To download your preferred version of Java, go to Java.com and click on "Free Download". Look for the "See all Java Downloads" link below the main download icon to access a web-page that allows you to choose the version of Java to download. Alternatively, click here to go directly to the "See all Java Downloads" page.
- Underneath the "Windows" header, you will see a 'Windows Offline (64-bit)' and 'Windows Offline' link.
The 'Windows Offline' link is the 32-bit version of Java.
The 'Windows Offline (64-bit)' link is the 64-bit version of Java.
- Click on the link that corresponds to the version of Windows that you are running.
- A download will begin once you click on the link.
- Open the file has finished downloading, open the file to begin the installation of Java.