SQL Developer with JDK (64 bit) cannot find JVM

I just wasted one morning trying to get SQL developer to work on my current setup:

  • OS: Windows 8.1 virtual machine running on mac via Parallels.
  • No oracle client or instant client installed
  • No Java installed

The reproducible steps are

  • I downloaded SQL Developer for Windows with JDK (all 64-bit) and unzipped it to C:/Program Files/.
  • I double clicked on C:/Program Files/sqldeveloper/sqldeveloper.exe

I get the following message:

Unable to launch the Java Virtual Machine
Located at path:
C:/Program Files/sqldeveloper/jdk/jre/bin/server/jvm.dll

Can someone please help me? I also tried first installing Java 1.8 (64 bit) and then the SQL developer version without Java. This doesn’t work either. When I select the location of the JDK home, it also sent one error message saying that it couldn’t find any JVMs where I said. To add insult to injury, every time I follow this procedure, the Panda antivirus tells me that sqldeveloper is infected, deletes the file and encourages me to restart.

Can someone please help me? I would mostly appreciate.

Thank you very much in advance

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