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I have downloaded Eclipse. The package contains several files, one of which is eclipse.exe. Whenever I launch this, it starts Eclipse.

Is it supposed to be stand alone? Is there any way I can actually install Eclipse?

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What do you expect from the install which unpacking can't do? Icons? – Mike L. Sep 6 '11 at 18:40
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Yes it's supposed to be stand alone.
No you can't install it in any normal sense.

From the FAQ about installing Eclipse:

To install Eclipse, all you do is unpack the zip file download in the desired directory. No further work is required (other than making sure you have a Java Runtime Engine installed). When you unzip the file, it creates a subdirectory called "eclipse", with multiple subdirectories under that. So, for example, in Windows you could unpack the zip file in the root directory (e.g., C:) and Eclipse would be installed in C:\eclipse. Note that installing Eclipse does not change the Windows registry.

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Oh just wanted to make sure. thanks. – JD Isaacks Sep 6 '11 at 17:40

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