i'm trying to get minecraft to work on my windows 7 laptop.
i have the most up to date version of java 7 update 45, but when i hit the minecraft launcher it tells me i need Java 1.6, but i have the latest version. and it take me to the java webpage to down load the same thing i have already installed
looks like your java isn't registered in the "Path"
Open "My Conputer" -> General Settings -> Environment variables
scroll down to "Path" and insert the path to the bin folder inside java if it isn't listed there, seperate this entry with ; from the others in the same line
or you have installed multiple versions
uninstall all java versions and lookup the path noted above if there is anything left and remove it. then install the latest java again and add it to the "path"
i suggest to use only 64bit java if you have a 64bit windows