Eclipse Error – Failed to load the JNI shared library "C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\client\jvm.dll"

Today I thought to check with new Version of eclipse - Helios. I have download the eclipse, which was a good 143 MB and it took quite some time to download. When I tried to start the eclipse it does not worked. Eclipse gave me this error:- Failed to load the JNI shared library "C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\client\jvm.dll"

I have done exactly I had done with earlier version. I just dumped the folder in "C:" after unzipping it. and then I double clicked on eclipse.exe file. But this time it does not worked and instead given error. Actually it has given other error earlier related to javaw.exe also. So, I have downloaded fresh version of java whereas Java site was telling I have new version of Java already installed.

Then, for solving the problem, I have tried various other method I thought. Used command line, restarted the system as I have installed the fresh version of Java and others. I have read this setting to start Eclipse with installer API:

>java -jar plugins/org.eclipse.equinox.launcher_1.0.0.v20070208a.jar

Here number after launcher_* can be different for you. As I said there, I am telling you as well. Give the full path to plugins folder also. Did it solved the problem for you! It has not solved for me.

Then, I have tried this solution:

Used this argument --launcher.library <path/to/eclipse shared lib> for staring eclipse. Though there was no reason for this error as I have not done anything with plugins. Plugins was at their usual location.

>eclipse --launcher.library <path/to/eclipse shared lib>

Did this solution worked? Not for me.

Then I got another solution and I have thought it will work. By look this solution looks better.

>eclipse.exe --launcher.suppressErrors

Again, it has not worked for me. Try this solution as if it works for you then you do not have to download a new 32-bit version of Eclipse. Yes, I read in the process that Java version installed may be of 32-bit as IE may be of 32-bit version. Many software are 32-bit today even if your system is 64-bit like my system. Thinking for installing 64-bit of JRE and then thinking of IE etc was a big headache, so I thought of content with 32-bit of eclipse.

Before trying to download a 32-version copy, please read here at eclipse site and see if you find anything useful there.

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  • # 1 - by yogesh

    i download Eclipse Classic 3.6.1 for windows 64 bit. i faced the same problem. please send me the correct link for java running environment kit.

  • # 2 - by Satya Prakash

    I have solved it using 32 bit eclipse as JVM and IE can create problem. Instead of going that long way I have used 32 bit eclipse. 64 bit IE has come but with condition. You decide.

  • # 3 - by Keith

    My issue was I added a path to one of my JDKs to the system Path variable. Once I removed it Eclipse launched just fine.

  • # 4 - by Donny

    I changed the system variables PATH to my program files java jre6 bin, NOT program files (x86)….now eclipse is running fine

  • # 5 - by milad

    “so I thought of content with 32-bit of eclipse.”
    Me, too. My system hardware was not an x64 system, My windows os is 64 bit so I thought I should download 64 bit version, I did but it did not worked.

    • # 6 - by Satya Prakash

      No, your system must be 64 bit then you can have 64 bit software.

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