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Patrick DixonPatrick Dixon 

IDE won't install on Win XP

Trying to install the IDE to solve the problem caused by saleforce code bugs.


It terminates with the following:-




Is it just me, or is this all a heap of crap?


I don't know if it will work out any better, but you could try installing the full eclipse ide, and then the force.com plugin onto that.  Again, no assurances that it'll be any different.

Cory CowgillCory Cowgill

The Force.com IDE is just a plugin for Eclipse, which means this is all running in Java.


Do you have the latest version of Java installed on your WinXP Machine?


Updated your version of Java may resolve the issue if its not up to date.


And as JoshGui already said, you can also try installing the stand alone Eclipse IDE for Java Developers ( http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/). Then inside the Eclipse IDE do Help -> Install New Software and add the Force.com IDE URL (http://www.adnsandbox.com/tools/ide/install) to install the Force.com Plug-In.

Patrick DixonPatrick Dixon

Thanks for the help and suggestions.


OK, I have updated Java to 6/23 from 6/17, installed Eclipse 3.6.1 and installed the force plugin.


So the only problem now is that it won't let me create a force.com sandbox!!!!


Error is:-

Unable to connect to hostname 'test.salesforce.com' with given login credentials


However, Username and Password are definitely correct.  I have reset the security token and included that on the login panel, and used the PasswordToken for the Password field - but still no dice.


Should this be this difficult?

Cory CowgillCory Cowgill

No, it shouldn't be this hard. Sorry to hear your having difficulty. Force.com is typically very easy to use and develop on.


Are you sure its a sandbox and not a developer or production box?


If you login via the Salesforce URL in your browser, go to Setup -> Manage Users -> Login History. You will see the login history attempts and the errors. If you see the attempts than you know you are pointing to the right environment.


You can switch to point to other environments in the force.com IDE by clicking Propreties on your project and going to Force.com Properties and swithc the environment.


Patrick DixonPatrick Dixon

So I signed up again but same problem with new username and password.  I now have 2 developer accounts and 1 free force account - non of which are actually useable!


What a shower!

Cory CowgillCory Cowgill

Developer Accounts should point to www.salesforce.com, NOT sandbox (test.salesforce.com).

Patrick DixonPatrick Dixon

Exactly the same issue when pointed to www.salesforce.com - but the workbook says to create a sandbox in the IDE anyway.

Patrick DixonPatrick Dixon

I've now managed to create a project in the developer/project environment using password and security token.  I don't understand why I can't create a sandbox but, hey-ho, I don't understand most things about this stuff.


Thanks for the help!


If you want a sandbox you may want to look at Free Force.com Edition. Check out the following link for more information: