How to install Java in Windows 11 step by step

The Java programming language includes many benefits, including cross-platform functionality, secure use, and other convenient features such as multithreading. These features are also available in the new Windows 11. However, you should check which version you need before you install Java in Windows 11. This may be either Java for 32-bit or for 64-bit.

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Java is one of the most widely used and popular internet programming languages available today. It is also very accessible for users who are just beginning to learn programming. Like Windows 11, you can also install Java in Windows 10 and use it. In both cases, all you need to do is carry out a free download from the Java developer Oracle Corporation.

Java plugins are unfortunately not supported in the Edge browser. Therefore, you cannot use Java with the Windows browser. Alternative browsers can use Java with the right plugin or applet of Java. These include Firefox and Safari. It’s also worth clarifying whether you need the Java version for 32-bit or 64-bit for Windows.

Tip

Use Java as efficiently as possible by learning the most helpful Java commands and Java operators. A practical Java set is provided by a Software Development Kit, which is often abbreviated as SDK. This includes the JDK (Java Development Kit), which includes various tools, services, and the Java runtime environment.

What should I know before installing Java?

It’s a good idea to check if you already have Java installed before you begin the installation. This will save you some valuable time and allow you to open Java immediately. Firstly, take a look at the programs which are already installed in Windows. Enter “Control Panel” in the Windows search bar. Then go to “Programs” and “Programs and Features”. Every installed program will appear here in alphabetical order. You should see Java in the list if it is already on the system.

Following this, you will need to check whether you need the Java version for 64-bit systems. Open Windows settings using the Windows shortcut [Windows] + [i]. In settings, go to “System” and “Information”. “System Type” information can be found in the “Device Specifications” section. If “64-bit operating system” is stated, then Java can be installed for 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

Note

Java has ended all support for 32-bit systems, meaning that it can only be used on 64-bit operating systems. However, in 64-bit, you can install both versions for 32-bit and 64-bit. You should install both versions if you use 32-bit and 64-bit browsers alternately. Oracle Corporation recommends a 32-bit browser plus the 32-bit version of Java for optimal performance.

How do I download Java as a user?

Install Java in Windows 11 as a user by following these steps:

Step 1: Go to the Oracle Corporation download page using your system’s default browser: java.com. You will see a list of the current versions of Java for Windows, Linux, macOS and even Solaris on this page.

Step 2: Start downloading the Java version which matches your operating system.

Step 3: Choose between an online download with an executable IFTW file (“install from the web”) or an offline download with executable EXE file. You’ll have to confirm the Java installation in the following section. This confirmation will also confirm that you agree to the Java license agreement.

Step 4: The Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is part of the Java download. This allows you to use Java plug-ins and execute Java applets in supported browsers. Part of the JRE also includes the Java Virtual Machine as well as libraries and main classes of Java.

How do I download Java as a developer?

Are you interested in running Java in the browser and also using it for programming? Downloading the free Java Development Kit (JDK) from the Java website is advised in this case. The JDK contains handy tools and services such as a Compiler and Interpreter, an editor for Java, API classes, documentation tools, debugger, programs for signing, archiver as well as tools for performance monitoring, applets and the web service importer. And of course, the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is also included.

Install Java in Windows 11 as a developer by following these steps:

Step 1: Go to the Java developer website in the browser. You’ll see the for the current Java download (as of 2022: Java 18) available on the homepage. If you want to install the Java Development Kit directly, open the Oracle website for Java downloads and download the installation file.

Step 2: Specify whether you need an “x64 Compressed Archive” as ZIP file, an “x64 Installer” as EXE file or an “x64 MSI Installer” as MSI file. Then you must agree to the license agreement to start and complete the Java download.

Step 3: Depending on the download option you chose; you can extract the downloaded ZIP files or double-click on the executable file. The Java installation wizard will guide you through the installation step by step. Java should be available to use within a few minutes.

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