Special note for Windows Vista users: As of December, 2006 the Eclipse IDE will not work with Windows Vista. The next release, version 3.2.2 scheduled for February, 2007, is expected to support Windows Vista. If your computer is running Windows Vista operating system, you should return to the Java Programming Learning Toolkit page and select a JDK and IDE combination that uses the NetBeans IDE.
Downloading the Java software
If you want to use the Java JDK with the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE) you will need to download each component separately and install them.
Go to the Sun Developer Network "Download Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition, v 1.4.2 (J2SE)" page (link provided below) and click on the link labeled "Download J2SE SDK" in the section titled "J2SE v 1.4.2_13 SDK". This will take you to the Download page that lists the platforms this package is available for. Before you can proceed with the download you must click on the "Accept License Agreement" radio button. Then you can click on the download link for the Windows package (which is the first entry in the list). After clicking on the link, the download should begin automatically. This download is approximately 49 Megabytes long.
Here is the link: Download Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition, v 1.4.2 (J2SE)
Installing the Java Software
After downloading the Java SDK software bundle, the installation instructions for this package can be found on the Sun Developer Network here.
Downloading the Eclipse IDE
Go to the Eclipse Project Download Page and locate the link for the "Latest Release" (which should be at the top of the list of downloads). The latest release, as of September 21, 2006 was 3.2.1. Click on this link to go to the downloads page for this release. Find the link in the "Eclipse SDK" list for your Windows platform, and click on that link. This should take you to a list of mirrors which have your selected software. Choose a mirror closest to you and click on the link. It shouldn't matter whether you choose an HTTP or FTP link. Your software download should begin automatically.
Installing the Eclipse IDE
The Eclipse IDE is delivered as a ".zip" compressed file containing the Eclipse IDE Java program files. Installation is accomplished by simply unzipping the archive anywhere on you Windows machine.