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Troubleshooting tips for using Java on Windows 8

This article applies to:
  • Platform(s): Windows 8

Will Java run in Start screen on Windows 8?
Microsoft Windows 8 does not support plug-ins in the Start screen and therefore Java will not run in the Start screen. You will have to switch to the Desktop screen to run Java.

When will Java be supported in Windows 8?
Windows 8 is officially supported with the release of Java 7 Update 10. Java will only be supported in Desktop screen. Java will not run in the Start screen.

Why do I only get the 32-bit Java when I go to provides a Java version based on your browser and operating system (OS). If you are running a 64-bit version of Windows 8, you have access to 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Internet Explorer 10 on your system. The desktop version of the Windows 8 OS does not run in a full 64-bit mode (unless you have Enhanced Protected Mode in Internet Explorer 10 turned on), thus 32-bit Java is the default.

How can I switch between the Start screen and the desktop screen in Windows 8?
There are several quick ways to achieve this.
  1. By pressing the Windows logo key on the keyboard you can toggle between the Start screen and the Desktop screen.
  2. You can also click on the Desktop tile in the Start screen to switch to the Desktop screen.
  3. Move your mouse pointer to the far left bottom of the screen to switch between the Start screen to the Desktop screen and vice versa.
How can I access the Java Control Panel in Windows 8?
Method 1:
  1. Press Windows logo key + W to open the Search charm to search settings.
  2. In the Search box type: Java Control Panel
  3. Click on the Java Control Panel icon to open.
Method 2:
  1. Drag the Mouse pointer to the Right bottom corner of the screen
  2. Click on the Search icon and type: Control Panel
  3. Click on Control Panel.
  4. In the Control Panel Search type: Java Control Panel
  5. Click on the Java Control Panel to open.
For more information refer Microsoft Windows 8 FAQ

Is the Java download available for the Windows Surface tablet?
No, since the Windows Surface tablet does not support the Java plug-in, Java cannot be installed on the Surface tablet. Only the apps available in the Windows Store can be installed on Windows Surface that uses Windows RT or Windows RT 8.1 operating system.

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