How to Install Eclipse in Windows XP


The Eclipse application is a software development program used to create fully integrated software development tools. Eclipse allows you to create Java environments and many other platforms. When installing Eclipse on Windows XP, Java 6.0 must be installed as well in order to support many of the design functions. Eclipse does not have an actual installation process, nor does it modify your Windows XP registry. Installing Eclipse is as easy as downloading and extracting the files to a location on your hard drive. In a few minutes, you can have Java installed and your Eclipse application up and running.

Things You'll Need

  • Java 6.0
  • ZIP file extraction software
  • Download and save the Java 6.0 installer to your computer (see Resources). Double-click the downloaded file to begin the installation process.

  • Click “Install” to agree to the license terms and begin the installation process. Review the list of default installed applications and add any additional applications you may want. Click “Next” to complete the install.

  • Allow the installation process to complete. Click “Close” when the final dialog box appears notifying you that the application has been successfully installed. Exit and restart your browser to complete the Java installation.

  • Download the Eclipse software package (see Resources). Save the downloaded ZIP file to your desired location on your computer’s hard drive.

  • Double-click the ZIP file and extract the contents using your ZIP file extraction software. Select the location you want your program files to be stored when extracting the files, as Eclipse runs directly from the program files instead of installing on your computer.

  • Right-click the application icon in the directory where you extracted the Eclipse files. Select the “Create Shortcut” option to create a shortcut to your application. Drag the shortcut icon to your computer’s desktop for easy access to the program.

  • Double-click the “Eclipse” icon on the desktop or in the program folder to launch the application panel. Wait while the splash screen appears, completing the software installation process. The Eclipse Workbench screen will appear when the installation is complete.

  • Click the “File” menu and select “New.” Click “Project” to create a new project and begin using your Eclipse software.

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