Setting JDK to use for JIRA


I have installed Java. I have JAVA_HOME set as environment variable 


C:\Users\>java -version
java version "1.6.0_45"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_45-b06)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.45-b01, mixed mode)


When I start my JIRA server in atlassian-jira.log I see

___ Environment _____________________________

JIRA Build : 6.1.5#6160-sha1:a61a0fc278117a0da0ec9b89167b8f29b6afdab2
Build Date : Tue Dec 03 00:00:00 EST 2013
JIRA Installation Type : Standalone
Application Server : Apache Tomcat/7.0.29 - Servlet API 3.0
Java Version : 1.7.0_25 - Oracle Corporation
Current Working Directory : C:\Program Files (x86)\Atlassian\JIRA
Maximum Allowable Memory : 1820MB
Total Memory : 1014MB


How can I tell JIRA to use JDK1.6.0_45 instead of 1.7.0_25


I am using JIRA 6.1.5 64 bit installer, I get the following error:

The Gadget Dashboard bundled plugin is not available. To ensure the Gadget Dashboard plugin is enabled, please contact your JIRA administrators.

If you think this message is wrong, please contact your JIRA administrators.


And I read here ( Can't log in to JIRA after install )post JDK1.7 is not supported, so I would like it to use JDK1.6

Any pointers are appreciated.




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No, this is utterly wrong.

JIRA 6.1 is only supported on Java 1.7 so trying to use it with 1.6 is a total waste of your time.  The random posting you have found is for a much older version of Jira.

You need to read your log file and work out why the gadgets are not loading, not just randomly change the platform you're running on to one that will cause you even more problems.

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