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5 Replies Latest reply: May 23, 2012 1:34 PM by 916331 RSS

unable to run 32 bit JVM in 64 bit apps

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Hello all.

I would "expect" that 64-bit apps would be able to run java.exe after the jre is installed (64 bit apps can spawn 32 bit ones). However that appears to not currently be the case.

I noticed that if you install the 32-bit jvm on a 64-bit OS (windows), then open (64 bit) cmd.exe
then run

$ java -version

'java' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

This is because instead of installing it to a directory then adding that dir to the path, the jre installer drops a java.exe it into c:\windows\system32 (which causes it, I presume, to actually be written to c:\windows\syswow64).

The path always contains c:\windows\system32
This means that 32-bit apps will "have" java.exe in their path, whereas 64-bit ones will not. I cannot imagine this is expected. Any feedback here?



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