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

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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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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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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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