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Go to http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp, and select the latest JDK. As of the writing of this article, the latest JDK version is JDK 6 Update 14.
Once the installation package is downloaded, double click to start the installation process. You can keep all the default settings such as default JDK installation path. Go to C:\Program Files\Java\. You should see all the Java installations in this directory. There should be a jdk1.6.0_13 directory.
Next, we need to set up the system environment variables for JDK. Go to “Start”->”Control Panel”.
Then select “Performance and Maintenance”.
Select the “Advanced” tab and then click the “Environment Variables” button.
From the System variables list, select “Path” variable and click “Edit”.
Append ;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_13\bin to the end of the Path value. Then click OK to save.
Next, we need to create or edit JAVA_HOME environment variable. Search for JAVA_HOME from the System variables list. If JAVA_HOME is not found, click “New”. Then enter “JAVA_HOME” for variable name and “C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_13” (default JDK installation directory). Then click “OK” to save.
If JAVA_HOME exists, click “Edit” button to edit the variable value. Change the variable value to C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_13 and then click OK.