How to Install: JDK 6 (32 bit version) on a Windows Machine

Mobile Game Development


Note: Java 6 is also called Java 1.6. These directions are intended for anyone needing to do a clean install or wanting the latest JDK update on their Windows machine.

Follow these instructions to install:

J2SE 6.0 – Java 2 Platform Standard Edition 6.0, Update24, which includes:

Download and Install JDK 6

  1. Login to an Administrator account on your Windows machine.
  2. If you have a version of Java prior to 6.0 , uninstall your existing versions of:

    Use Control Panel → Uninstall a Program for the above two items.

  3. Click this link to install J2SE 6.0 Update 24 on your Windows machine (Note: Choose the 32 bit version of J2SE because it is compatible with the version of Eclipse that we will install).
  4. On the Download Java SE Development Kit 6u24 for Windows page, under Available Files, click the Java SE Development Kit 6u24 link.
  5. Select Run.
  6. Follow the instructions for installation, accepting all defaults
  7. Restart your computer if directed to do so.

Download and unZIP the  Java Documentation

Sun provides HTML documentation for the Java Development Kit (JDK) Application Program Interface (API). By installing the documentation and configuring Eclipse, you can access the documentation by pressing the Help key in Eclipse.

Follow these steps to install the Java Documentation on your machine.

  1. Login to your machine.
  2. If you have a prior version of the JDK API documentation, uninstall it. This just involves deleting the docs folder. The docs folder is typically saved in
    c:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_XX\docs, or
    c:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.6.0_XX\docs
    (where XX is a two-digit number).
  3. Click this link to access the Java SE 6 Documentation. Find the reference to Java SE 6 Documentation in the Additional Resources table and click Download Zip to save it on your machine.
  4. Extract the contents of the zip archive (The simplest way will be to open the zip folder in one window and the target folder in another and drag the document from one to the other) to
    c:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_XX or
    c:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.6.0_XX.
    (Note that is jdk, not jre.)

    Warning...this BIG file takes a long time to unzip.