Java refers to proprietary software developed by Sun Microsystems. Java is used on multiple platforms, including desktop computers and servers, embedded applications, mobile phones and the Internet. Many newer computers come with Java already installed. But you can install Java manually on your computer as long as you are running Windows XP or later, Linux, Solaris or another supported operating system.
Go to Java's Manual Download page (See Resources).
Select your operating system (for example, Windows XP, Vista, 7, Solaris) and click on it.
Click "Run" in the "File Download" window. The installation will start.
Click "Install" during the installation process to accept the license agreement and continue with the installation.
Select any additional software you want. The installer will offer you options to install other programs depending on your operating system. You can check the ones you want to include or uncheck the ones you don't want to download. Click the "Next" button to continue.
Click "Close" when the installation complete dialog box appears.
- Mac OS X includes Java in the operating system. There is no need to install it manually.
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