You want to target your code at a particular JRE, or change the default JRE that Eclipse uses.
You can specify what Java runtime you want Eclipse to use by selecting Window Preferences, clicking Installed JREs, and choosing the JRE you want (use the Add button to add JREs and SDKs).
When you first run Eclipse, it searches for installed Java runtimes , which means it might not use the one you want to use. For example, Eclipse might want to use the outdated JRE that came with your browser instead of the new Java SDK you've just downloaded. To specify what runtime to use, select Window Preferences, click Installed JREs, and choose the JRE you want, as shown in Figure 4-14.
Figure 4-14. Choosing a JRE
22.214.171.124 Setting the JVM using the -vm switch
Eclipse might not start if the JRE it finds is too old. In this case, start Eclipse from the command line and use the -vm switch, specifying the JRE you want to use. For example, you might type:
eclipse -vm c:\jre1.4\bin\javaw.exe
After Eclipse starts, set the JRE you want to use from then on.
4.8.4 See Also
Recipe 4.9 on running code; Chapter 2 of Eclipse (O'Reilly).