Java Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Notes
Dr. Herong Yang, Version 6.00

Downling and Installing JDK 1.6

This section describes how to download and install Java SE (JDK) 1.6 Update 2 on a Windows XP system. Notes were taken in 2007.

To learn Java, you need to have a copy of JDK (Java Development Kit) installed on your machine. The latest version of JDK is JDK 6u2 (Java(TM) SE Development Kit 6 Update 2), which is also called Java SE 6 (Java Standard Edition 6). Here is what I did to download and install JDK 6u2 on my local machine.

  • Open the Java SE Download page with this URL:
  • Click the download button next to "JDK 6u2". You will see a new page with a list of different download files of JDK 6u2.
  • Locate the "Windows Platform - Java(TM) SE Development Kit 6 Update 2" section.
  • Click the hyper link of "Windows Offline Installation (build 06), Multi-language", which links to jdk-6u2-windows-i586-p.exe with size of 65.57 MB.
  • Save jdk-6u2-windows-i586-p.exe to a temporary directory.
  • Double-click on jdk-6u2-windows-i586-p.exe to start the installation wizard.
  • The installation wizard will guide you to finish the installation.

To test the installation, open a command window to try the java command. If you are getting the following output, your installation was ok:

C:\>\progra~1\java\jdk1.6.0_02\bin\java -version
java version "1.6.0_02"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_02-b06)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.6.0_02-b06, mixed mode, 

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Installing JDK 1.4 on Windows 2000

 Installing JDK 1.5 on Windows XP

Installing JDK 1.6 on Windows XP

Downling and Installing JDK 1.6

 Writing My First Java Program

 JDK Documentation Installation

 Execution Process, Entry Point, Input and Output

 Bits, Bytes, Bitwise and Shift Operations

 Managing Bit Strings in Byte Arrays

 StringBuffer - The String Buffer Class

 System Properties and Runtime Object Methods

 Execution Threads and Multi-Threading Java Programs

 ThreadGroup Class and "system" ThreadGroup Tree

 Synchronization Technique and Synchronized Code Blocks

 Deadlock Condition Example Programs

 Garbage Collection and the gc() Method


 PDF Printing Version

Dr. Herong Yang, updated in 2008
Downling and Installing JDK 1.6