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I'm almost 100% sure you got the wrong JDK, C:\Windows\System32\ seems to be an odd place for a JDK to live.
Try looking in
C:\Program Files (x86)\Javaand you should find a folder named jdk1.6.0_XX
set your java.exe path to the java.exe you find in the bin directory.
If you want to avoid confusion you could download the SQLDeveloper version with the JDK already included (only 32 bits is available ATM), in this case there is no need to set a path to the java.exe.
There should be a copy of MSVCR71.dll within any Java 1.6 jdk.
This error sometimes occurs if it is not available for loading, e.g. it is not in a folder on the Path.
You can ensure that it can be loaded in one of the following ways:
1 copying MSVCR71.dll to your sqldeveloper\bin folder
2 copying MSVCR71.dll to your Windows/System32 folder
3 adding $JAVA_HOME to $PATH
Alternatively, as Irian suggested, you can download and install the version that includes the jdk.
i HAve more background.
Although MSVCR71.dll was missing before I tried to upgrade, upgraded to Java 1.7 using the executables found in mydesktop.oraclecorp.com. The missing dll triggered my upgrade to Java 1.7
And now, if I search my computer, I cannot find the dll. Please send me another as I do not want to download one from the internet
The 32-bit and 64-bit Java 7 JDKs include only msvcr100.dll, 32-bit Java 6 includes only msvcr71.dll, and 64-bit Java 6 has neither!
Also, keep in mind that Java 7 is not certified yet for ANY* version of SQL Developer. The standard recommendation is to install the latest update in the Java 6 JDK code line (currently 1.6.0_45) and use that. Make sure to get the 32-bit version!
Edited by: Gary Graham on Apr 24, 2013 1:15 PM
Corrected which Java downloads actually contain the msvcr71 and msvcr100 DLL versions. Sorry for messing it up the first time!