I know that when 1.8 came out originally, I could run it just fine, though not anymore. I normally play 1.7.10 because that's the latest version that some of my mods are available in, but today I tried to load up 1.8.7 without mods. Turns out Minecraft can't run anything past 1.7.10- 1.8 and later all result in this:
A fatal error has been detected by the Java Runtime Environment: EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION (0xc0000005) at pc=0x000007fedf30c475, pid=2800, tid=7648 JRE version: Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (8.0_25-b18) (build 1.8.0_25-b18) Java VM: Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (25.25-b02 mixed mode windows-amd64 compressed oops) Problematic frame: C [ig4icd64.dll+0x30c475] Failed to write core dump. Minidumps are not enabled by default on client versions of Windows If you would like to submit a bug report, please visit: http://bugreport.sun.com/bugreport/crash.jsp The crash happened outside the Java Virtual Machine in native code. See problematic frame for where to report the bug.
I've tried re-downloading Minecraft and using different versions of Java, but nothing works and I still can't load anything past 1.7.10.
EDIT: I tried the older Minecraft.exe launcher. Seems to work fine with that one, but not the other two. huh