Installing Oracle Express 10.2.0 on Vista PC's / Laptop

Posted on 2008-07-23
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Last Modified: 2013-12-18
I've done some testing, so hopefully the next few lines will asssit in the solution.

I'm trying to install Oracle Express Edition 1og onto a vista laptop.  I have attemted to install this onto my lapot and the installtion seems to run through fine, but looking more deeply it has not created the 6 test databases (found under c:\Oraclexe\oracledata\XE\) and it's failed on most of the .sql scripts.
At first I thought it was vista, so I installed on an XP machine (As per usual this works fine)

SO.....it must be security issue, so... I have two spare laptop sitting around, one which has been connected to my domain, the user has admin rights, and is a menber of the Administrators group in Active Directory.
The other laptop is again a clean install but is sitting on his own workgroup, (not connected to my domain)

I ran the install as administrator, watch the process go through, and the laptop which has been connected to my domain failed to run the scripts and create the database, the other laptop which runs from it's own workgroup works fine, created the db's and I can access the web based home page on

Where am I going wrong on the first domain added laptop ?
XP machines run fine.......How can I get around this problem ?
Question by:thegiantsmurf
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OK....quick update.
Looking around the web, most people mention that you need to run the install from a Administrator command prompt.  This allows higher admin rights than just running from windows explorer (right click, run as admin).
Still no joy

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thegiantsmurf earned 0 total points
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Case solved,

the solution is the hidden Aministrator in Vista
Run a command prompt as administrator, click continue, type in "net user administrator /active:yes"
it should reply back with command accepted
Logoff the current user, the hidden administrator logon will now appear (complete with no password) logon, install software, give the previous user complete access to the directory, log off, re-logon as the end user, command prompt, "net user administrator /active:no".
Problem solved, even if the end user has admin rights, you need super user access to create databases via scripts.

This never happens on XP / windows 2000 machine only Vista.
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You have to check if Oracle Express is certified to run under Vista.
All installations should be done under Administrator account.
Also you should start the http server somehow.
I have experience to work with 11g where Express is
part of the DB.

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