Hi, I am reading http://java.com/en/download/faq/java_win64bit.xml. I just installed windows 7 64-bit. I checked I have default IE8 (no 64bit edition). I never knew browser will be a factor for java version, so I was thinking of downloading 64-bit JDK, but by reading it, should I really stay 32bit JDK? My final goal is to install weblogic portal. Weblogic portal has 32 bit download for most OS including eclipse already. It only has one generic binary for 64 bit for all OS, so I need to download JDK, eclipse separately. So before I go too far, I need to decide 64bit or 32bit. Thanks!
Your windows 64 bit has also the 64 bit IE. You can use IE 32 or 64 as you please, although by default, the 32 bit browser is launched. I guess the reason is that, for now, there are more plug-ins for it. Your best bet is to install both 32 and 64 bit Java. It works for me fine in the browser and outside. Of course, when you type java in a command prompt, Windows has to know which one to use, so just play with your path.
OK, Let me ask this way: why I install 64bit weblogic would affect the default browser? Where is the browser looking for? It must be some default setting to direct the IE, since I didn't install java yet.