ERROR: Unable to launch the Java Virtual Machine Located at path: C:\Sun\Java\jdk*\bin\msvcr*.dll

(Doc ID 1202763.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 27, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle SQL Developer - Version 1.5 to 3.0 [Release 1.5.0 to 3]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
This issue affects new installations of SQL Developer as well as other products like Data Modeler and Fusion Middleware 11 on more recent releases of Windows that no longer include the MSVCR71.DLL file.


Symptoms

Executing SQL Developer (OTN download without JRE) raises the prompt for the java.exe path. However, after providing the correct path, the path is not being being accepted and an error message is raised.

Message
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Unable to launch the Java Virtual Machine
Located at path:

C:\Sun\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\bin\msvcr71.dll
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That DLL file is located at the specified path. And examination of the sqldeveloper.conf file reveals that the path (Set Java Home) is being set to C:\Sun\Java\jdk*

Cause

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