Java is one of the most important software needed to run Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, so if you are wondering what are the exact and safe download links for your 32 and 64-bit system, follow the information below to learn all about it.
First of all, before rushing to the download links at the end of the article, you need to understand that you might already be running Java, so the best way would be to first check for that and then install it.
Also, Java won’t run in the Modern interface, meaning you won’t be able to verify if you currently have Java installed if you’re not on the Desktop mode. For those who aren’t aware, Java won’t work on Windows RT devices, either.
Java has recently received quite a big overhaul, as it has reached version 8 on March 18, 2014.
The last update was on July 28, 2011, and this new version comes with big improvements. Briefly, here are the most important improvements that Java 8 is bringing to the table:
- enables the Internet of Things
- reduced code clutter
- modernized apps
- will enable impressive graphics capabilities
However, we won’t be providing links to the 8th version of Java, since it’s currently available for developers only in early access mode.
We will provide links once it goes public, but for now you can follow the download links from below to download it on your Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, 10 32 and 64 bit systems.
To access the Java Control Panel in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, 10 you just need to go to search and type there “Java Control Panel”.
Before downloading the latest Java version, you need to make sure that the old one has been uninstalled.
You can just go to the Control Panel and uninstall it like any other software, or you can choose to use the Java uninstall tool.
Also, before the installation process, don’t forget to disable your Internet firewalls, as they might be blocking it.
Update – Windows 10 is just around the corner and we’ll make sure to release a standalone guide in order to help you get the latest version of Java on there, as well, so stay tuned.
Java Version 8 Update 66
This update was released on November 16, 2015, and while it doesn’t bring any major new features or options, it contains fixes for security vulnerabilities, so it’s required to download and install this version to minimize risks in your environment.
Security update – late 2014
A recent release of Java for Windows 8, 10 contains fixes for security vulnerabilities, but the links from below will still work, so follow them safely.
UPDATE: With Windows 10 well established as the main operating system from Microsoft, we recommend reading this detailed guide to learn everything there is to know about downloading Java 10 to your PC.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.