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: http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/.
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:
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,