Java JDK installshield bug on Windows

21 Jun

I keep running into weird stuff with Windows as a server platform.

Java JDK installer fails to install at the step where you can select the components and the install path and press Next.

The error message is:
A path with a semi colon in it, is not supported for this product. Please select a directory path without a semi-colon

Weird thing here is that the installpath doesnt contain any semi-colon but is simply “c:\java\jdk1.6.0_24”. The error is just misleading and probably a bug in the Installshield software. I think the error occurs when the source path of the installer executable is located in a path which is to long.

Try to move the installer to the root of your system c:\ and try again.
This fixed it for me.


Posted by on 21-06-2011 in Java, Oracle



3 responses to “Java JDK installshield bug on Windows

  1. UbFreaky

    03-09-2011 at 17:02

    :( it didn’t work for me.
    also if im trying to instal other version of java jdk (example not update 27 but update26)
    i get the same error.

  2. jvzoggel

    03-09-2011 at 18:13

    Maybe you could try this (found it on the forums):

    – clean install shield folder
    – enable logging to check for error details

  3. Diego Cerda

    28-04-2016 at 19:15

    I used to have this issue.
    To fix it I uninstalled all previous version of JAVA JRE. Its so simple so go to try to install and during installation will ask you if you want to remove previous version and click on YES.


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