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When I try to install Java on Windows Server 2008, it gives me the error below. I tried to install JDK 1.5, JDK6 and JDK7 in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Error message:

The version of the file is not compatible with the version of windows you are running.

I would like to add one more thing, it was Itanium processor server. Please let me know any specific version available for Itanium

How to sort out this issue?

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Show the message for a 32-bit install. – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Mar 5 '13 at 8:54
I updated the processor type. – Ramesh Muthiah Mar 5 '13 at 9:41
Itanium has lost vendor support. You may want to start considering your hardware upgrade path. – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Mar 5 '13 at 10:47
thank you for your update. I'll consider this point – Ramesh Muthiah Mar 5 '13 at 11:36
up vote 4 down vote accepted

This means, that your Windows Server version is x86 (meaning 32-bit). And you tried to install a 64-bit Java, which wont work.

Edit: If this is an Itanium machine, it's quite a different problem. You need to download the Windows Itanium Java 6 installer from here. There wont be a Java 7 version for it, though.

From the Oracle blogs:

Q: What about Linux and Windows on Itanium?

A: Oracle does not plan to port JDK 7 to Windows/Linux Itanium. This is partially due to lack of OS vendor commitments; Microsoft and Red Hat have both stated that they are dropping support for Itanium. However, an OpenJDK port to these platforms is quite feasible as a community project.

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I think he has stated that he tried both 32 and 64 bit. – tmwanik Mar 5 '13 at 8:57
The way I read the question was, that he tried to install both, but (at least?) one threw an error. And the error message was from the 64-bit installer (You can find the image in the history.) – nfechner Mar 5 '13 at 9:00
I have seen that. Thank you. – tmwanik Mar 5 '13 at 9:04

It could be a Processor mismatch. I guess the SDK that you would have tried could be for wrong processor type

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Absolutely, you are right. could you please tell me the link for Itanium version of Java download ? – Ramesh Muthiah Mar 5 '13 at 9:39

First check if you are running 32 or 64 bit vesrion of OS : to do so :

1.Press the WIN+R keys (Windows key and R). Type the following: sysdm.cpl

2.Click on "System Summary": Under "Processor" it will either state "x86" if a 32-bit version of Windows is installed, or "EM64T" if a 64-bit version of Windows is installed

if your OS is X86(32-bit) install X86(32-bit) JDK if not install 64-bit vesrion of JDK

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There is a corner case, where you need to install both: If you are on a x64 System and want to run both x86 Apps that use the plugin (e.g. Firefox) you need to have the x86 JRE too. – nfechner Mar 5 '13 at 9:02
yes I agree, if its a 64-bit machine both 32-bit and 64-bit can be installed. – codeMan Mar 5 '13 at 9:08

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