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Install Eclipse IDE in Windows 7

posted Jun 5, 2011, 1:19 PM by Jeremy Walker   [ updated Apr 6, 2012, 9:34 PM ]
Its unfortunate that Eclipse doesn't have an official Windows installer. The main reason I wrote this article is because Eclipse out-of-the-box doesn't pin to the Windows 7 Taskbar well. On top of that, I really don't like Eclipse hanging out in my Downloads or Temp folders. So here's how I personally install Eclipse IDE:
  1. Ensure the proper bit-version of Java is installed; i.e. 64-bit Java for 64-bit Eclipse and 32-bit for 32-bit.
  2. Extract Eclipse (any flavor - match bit-version) into the "<user>\AppData\Local\Eclipse" folder.
  3. Make a shortcut to eclipse.exe and name it "Eclipse".
  4. Move the shortcut to "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs".
  5. Open the eclipse.ini file and add this to the beginning:
    C:\Program Files\Java\bin
  6. Open Eclipse then pin it to the Taskbar.
Note: Use Notepad2 or another text editor that can save with Linux/Unix line endings (LF).
Another note: You must move the shortcut - not copy. It will cause the UAC prompt to appear - click Continue.