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ora-01031 error during install of oracle 11g on windows 7

I'm a college student and am forced to try and install oracle on windows 7 pro (knowing full well it isn't supported by windows 7 yet).  After 10 hours I'm...frustrated.  

I assumed oracle 11gR1 x64 was my best chance of success.

i can (finally) get as far as the Oracle Database Configuration Assistant when it errors out:

ora-01031 insufficient privileges.

if i hit ignore, then ignore again, ora-01034: oracle not available appears

hittting ignore 3x generates
ora-01034: oracle not available
ora-27101: shared memory realm does not exist

hitting ignore again generates:
ora-01503 create controlfile failed
ora-01565 error in identifying file c\:oracle11g\oradata\orcl\system01.dbf
ora-27041 unable to open file


I am logged into Windows 7 as an admin.

I have tried right clicking the command prompt and selecting "as administrator" and tried executing the setup.exe file from there -- it fails.

I have installed the loopback adapter and used in the hosts file:
10.10.10.10 [my computer host name] .mydomain.com [my computer host name]

I have modified the refhost.xml file:

<!--Microsoft Windows 7-->
<OPERATING_SYSTEM>
<VERSION VALUE="6.1"/>
</OPERATING_SYSTEM>

i have googled ora-01031 and all the other errors and the few solutions i've found are abbreviated expert opinions that assume a level of knowledge way beyond my own.
 
a step by step process / solution would be awesome.

any help would definitely be appreciated!

DanC  
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arturrrroCommented:
Few day ago I have installed Oracle  11.1.0.7.0 for  Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64 on my Windows 7 64 bit without any problems - that is the only untypical thing to do is to force installer to ignore failed pre installation check - which says that this version of OS is unsupported - you are doing it by clicking appropriate checkbox near failed check message at the first stage of installation.

I did not try to install version 11.1.0.6.0 (which I suspect you are installing) on Windows 7 so I can't say if your error is common or not.

I recommend to try to install Oracle 11gR1 for Windows 2008 Server 64 bit.
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dvcrduAuthor Commented:
thanks, arturrrro, i'll try it and see what happens.
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dvcrduAuthor Commented:
it worked like a charm.

Thank you very much!

DanC
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