G-day g’day, Tim Buchalka, the Aussie Android Dev Guy. Today’s video is all about setting up the Java Development Kit for a Windows machine. Let’s get to it.

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Downloading The Installer

Now open up a web browser. Now you’re going to do a search for ‘download JDK 8 windows’ and click on the first option that comes up, provided it’s from Oracle.com. Click on that. Now just scroll down, you need to make sure it says Java Development Kit. You then need to decide whether you need the 32-bit version of the Java JDK or the 64-bit. So, lets assume you’re going to select the 64-bit, because that’s what you have on your system. But, before you do that, you need to click on ‘Accept License Agreement’. And then you can click on the link and download it. Now, you’re going to save that to a directory. And then of course you’re then going to execute it once it’s finished downloading.


Installing The JDK

Once it’s done downloading go to the folder where it was. And, you’re going to double-click that. And, click on ‘Yes’ to running it. Click on ‘Next’. And leave all the optional features to default, noting as well the folder location down below the window, because you may need that info in a later video. The ‘Program Files/Java/jdk1.8….”.


Then click on ‘Next >’. And, you’ll let it go through and finish installing. Then, once this is installed, the only other step you need to do in this video is, you’re going to open a command line window, and you are going to type in a command to make sure that you see this version of Java, that you’ve just downloaded.

Installing The JRE

Once the initial installation is done click on ‘Next >’ when the Destination Folder appears on the installer window for the Java Runtime Edition as opposed to the Development Kit. Same thing though, you’re going to let that install just using the default options. Ok, when it finishes installing the JRE, you’re now done, so just click on ‘Close’ to close the installer.


Checking Java

So that last thing I’m going to suggest you do is click on the ‘Windows’ button. Type in the little window box there, the field type command ‘cmd’. Press ‘Enter’. That will bring you up to the command terminal window. And then type in java space the minus and the word version. So ‘java -version’ then press ‘Enter’. And you should see on the screen, it’ll say something like Java version 1.8.0_25. Now those numbers may be higher if you’ve run this at some point in time and a new version of Java has come out. However, if you’ve got version 1.7, I do recommend you upgrade to version 1.8. And at this point, we can now proceed onto the next video.


And, that’s a wrap. We’re now done and dusted. We’ve got our Java Development Kit installed and configured.

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