How to Install Eclipse and BlackBerry Dev tools on Windows 7 x64

Had great fun trying to get Eclipse and the BlackBerry Development Tools working on my Microsoft Windows 7 x64 Ultimate so I thought I would post the method I found of getting everything working correctly!

BlackBerry development tools only work with Eclipse 3.5.2 (not the latest build)

Eclipse 3.5.2 works correctly only with Java JDK 1.6.0_21 or lower (not the latest build)


All these installs must be run as an Administrator (usual Windows 7 User Control Settings)

First remove all copies of x64 bit Java

Download and surgical abortion install x85 copies of Java (6u20 version):-



Then turn off Java's auto download feature:-

Windows - Control Panel - Programs - Java (32-Bit)

Update Tab - uncheck "Check for updates Automatically" - click apply

Check that the User and System Path are pointing to:-

C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\javaw.exe


Download and install x86 copy of eclipse SDK Version 3.5.2:-

I copied the eclipse files to the following folder:-

C:\Program Files (x86)\eclipse


Download and install BlackBerry JDE Plugin:-



Run Eclipse (as Administrator)

In Eclipse - Help - Install New Software

Click Add and enter the following:-

Click abortion defin OK then on the following screen tick all the folders and Click Next - Finish (takes a while to install)


And that is it!


Notice that Eclipse 3.3 - 3.5 has the following details (hence why I am installing this version and not anything newer):-

The Eclipse 3.3 - 3.6 launchers for Windows have a problem with the Oracle/Sun Java VM version '1.6.0_21'. You have two choices to work around this:

1. switch back to '1.6.0_20'
2. add the following line after "-vmargs" to your eclipse.ini:

See for more details.

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