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What version of JDK (Java Development Kit) to get?


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#1 TropicMonkey   Members   -  Reputation: 117

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 03:25 PM

I'm about to install the JDK, but I'm not sure which version I'm supposed to get Windowsx86 or Windowsx64. I'm running Windows OS but I don't know what the x86 and x64 means. Here is a link to the download:

 

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk-7-netbeans-download-432126.html



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#2 SimonForsman   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 6323

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 03:38 PM

x86 = 32bit, x64 = 64 bit.

x86 will work for you, x64 might perform better on a 64 bit OS
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#3 Alessio1989   Members   -  Reputation: 2133

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 12:55 AM

For 99% of use-cases, the x86 version is the right choice. install and use the x64 version only if you need the usage of a 64-bit browser or a stack that allow you to allocate more then 2 GB or ram per process.


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#4 LorenzoGatti   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2779

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:04 AM

For 99% of use-cases, the x86 version is the right choice. install and use the x64 version only if you need the usage of a 64-bit browser or a stack that allow you to allocate more then 2 GB or ram per process.

The latter is actually a common and important need, for example with Eclipse and huge code bases. I strongly recommend the 64 bit Java SE SDK, without the browser plugin.
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#5 Serapth   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 5792

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:08 AM

Also, you can install both.  You can also point Eclipse to which JDK you want to use.  In fact, this is a common annoying bug with Eclipse where you *HAVE* to point Eclipse to the JDK you want to use, as for some stupid reason, it uses your JRE instead.






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