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Running Minecraft with 64 bit Java

If you have Windows 7 or 8 installed in 64-bit mode, take advantage of running Minecraft on 64-bit Java.

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Why run Minecraft with 64-bit Java…

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  • Less crashes
  • Smoother and faster rendering
  • Less lagging

[mk_message_box type=”warning-message”]Every computer setup is different and every user will have a different experience. But in general, if you have a 64 bit system, then running 64 bit Java will give you a better Minecraft experience.[/mk_message_box][/vc_column_text][/vc_tab][vc_tab title=”Checking System” tab_id=”1385109765-2-67″ icon=”icon-cog”][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]

Check if you’re running Windows 7 in 64-bit

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  • Click on Start –> Control Panel –> System & Security –> System

You should then have a window that looks something like this…

Checking if your version of Windows 7 is 64 bit

[mk_message_box type=”confirm-message”]If it says “64-bit Operating System“, then you’re good to go. Scroll down to check your version of Java.[/mk_message_box]
[mk_message_box type=”error-message”]If it doesn’t say “64-bit Operating System” then you’re most likely running 32-bit and you should obviously stick with 32-bit Java. Perhaps have a chat with your local computer shop, brother in-law, kids or whoever it is you turn to when you need to re-install your operating system.[/mk_message_box]

Check if you’re running 32-bit or 64-bit Java

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  • Click on Start > Control Panel > Programs > Java
    This should open the Java Control Panel
  • Click on the Java tab –> then on the View button

You should see a window that looks like this…

Java screen indicating 64-bit version

[mk_message_box type=”confirm-message”]If the ‘Path’ is “C:\Program Files\Java…” then you are running the 64-bit version of Java. Move on to the “Checking Minecraft” tab to see if Minecraft is using the 64-bit version.[/mk_message_box]

[mk_message_box type=”error-message”]If the ‘Path’ is “C:\Program Files (x86)\Java…” then you are running the 32-bit version of Java. Move on to the next tab “Installing 64-bit”.[/mk_message_box][/vc_column_text][/vc_tab][vc_tab title=”Installing 64-bit Java” tab_id=”1385112151083-2-5″ icon=”icon-download-alt”][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]

Installing 64-bit version of Java

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  • Click on Start –> All Programs –> Internet Explorer (64-bit)
  • Browse to www.java.com
  • Click on the main Download button
    The page that loads should say “64-bit Java for Windows – Internet Explorer
  • Click the button to start the download.
  • Follow the prompts to install 64-bit Java

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Check that Minecraft is using 64-bit Java

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  • Run Minecraft and Login
  • Click on Options –> Video Settings
  • Set the Render Distance to “Far


[mk_message_box type=”error-message”]If a warning appears above the “Done” button, then the 64-bit version of Java isn\’t installed correctly, or you are using a shortcut to start Minecraft which is specifically calling the 32-bit version of Java. Make sure you run Minecraft by using the Minecraft.exe program.[/mk_message_box]

[mk_message_box type=”confirm-message”]If no warning appears above the “Done” button, then Minecraft is using the 64-bit version of Java.[/mk_message_box]

[mk_message_box type=”info-message”]We hope this has helped you to improve your Minecraft experience, if you have any questions or problems with the instructions here, please feel free to post a comment and we will help you as best as we can.[/mk_message_box][/vc_column_text][/vc_tab][/vc_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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  1. Wonderfullllll work!thank you! its so much easier now!!

  2. it didnt work for me, it still says I have a 32-bit version

    • Hi jpmc
      Did you definitely run the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer when you went to the Java download site?

  3. Thank you so much this helped alot (smiley face)x100

  4. Hi, I wonder if I need a Java for an app (a necessary one) and the Java I use now is in 32-bit, that after I download and install a 64-bit Java, the app would still work. I mean, several years ago when I tried to update my Java, it stopped working and nothing else then complete reinstall of the whole OS didn’t help.

    Thanks in advance for a reply. Bye.

    • @DartVader
      Not sure I understand your question. Are you running a 64-bit system? Have you tried to install 64-bit Java and it isn’t working? Please provide more info and we’ll try to help.

  5. Ok then 🙂 I’m running a 64-bit system and the current Java is 32-bit. And from the previous experience I am pretty cautious about changing Java (either it was an update, or it would be a different “version”). So I rather asked before installing 64-bit Java. In other words “rather be safe then sorry”.

    Again, thanks for your help.

  6. but do it exist 64Bit to Windows-Vista?

  7. ok, now i know 64 to Vista exist but have you a link/download?
    Plz help, i really, really need 64Bit on my Laptop…

  8. I’m having trouble.
    Here’s my trouble.
    So, I’ve had 64-bit Java downloaded already, and I’ve also have been playing the MineCraft for awhile. And I open MineCraft.exe, not the shortcut but the options still says that I am running Java in 64 bit. So I’ve gone through the instructions very closely and re-downloaded Java 64 on the 64 browser and it still says that I’m using 32 bit java.

    • @FreedomPlanet
      So in the Java control panel, the path is C:\Program Files (x86)\… ?

  9. can I still install a 64 bit Java with my 32 bit system?

    • @GarredHATES
      I don’t believe so, pretty sure you need a 64-bit browser for it to give you the option of installing 64-bit when on the Java site.

  10. Trouble….
    The minecraft still said that i’m using the 32 bit.
    the java control panel does not say C:\Program Files (x86)\… anymore, it is C:\Program Files\… alredy, but yet the minecraft still detect 32 bit

    • @colex
      That’s kinda weird, but then, this is windows.
      I would try this…
      Reboot, install java 64 bit again as per the instructions again, then reboot again, then check it in Minecraft. If still no, then do a fresh install of Minecraft.

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