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Java not found error when loading Apache Netbeans 9.0 or 10

I downloaded the archive for the program, unzipped it to C drive on Windows, then when I try to run either executable (32bit/64bit) in the bin folder I get the error message:

Cannot find JAVA 1.8 or higher.

in spite of Java 10 (JRE) being already installed. I also tried Installing Java 9 but was stuck with the same message.

I appreciate your help with this, Thanks.


Locate your Netbeans installation and in it the etc/netbeans.conf file. Open it with any text editor, and locate the line containing netbeans_jdkhome. If it is commented out (line starts with #), then remove the # to enable the setting. Then, set the value to the path to your JDK. This might be somethiing like C:Program FilesJavajdk-10.0.1.

Try to run the program again, it should work now. At least, it did for me.

Also, ensure that you installed the Java Development Kit (JDK), not only the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). Netbeans needs the former to be installed in order to function.