Oracle 11g full client installation over basic client

Virtual desktop has the basic Oracle 11g client installed and needs to upgrade to the full client for application/web server oracle client installs.  I have both installations in batch files.  To install the full client version, does the original(basic client) version need to be uninstalled first?

The user needs expdp, impdp, sql loader, etc.  It is a virtual desktop running Windows 10.   The Oracle client does show the net manager, config assistant, and wallet manager.  TOAD is heavily used for database admin, etc.

What steps should be taken to most cleanly install the full client on this win 10 virtual machine that has the basic client installed?

All pointers & suggestions appreciated.
Jblue RAsked:
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
You don't have to remove the other install.  You can just install the full client in a different Oracle Home and have them both.

I don't know what you mean by the basic client.  There is an Instant Client and what you call the full client.

To keep things as clean as possible:  only install what you need.  If you don't need the client that is installed, I would remove it.

There are MANY options available with he full client.  You may not need ALL of them.  The utilities you mention are also available with the Instant Client as an additional download:  Instant Client Package - Tools: Includes Data Pump, SQL*Loader and Workload Replay Client

>>I have both installations in batch files.

The last time I installed the full client it used the Oracle Installer.
Geert GOracle dbaCommented:
the client used is the first one found via the path environment variable

the path of your "basic" client will be in that path variable
after installing the full client, it's directory will be placed at the front in the path environment variable

the last client installed is the one used after an application starts up

you can switch the client used by moving directories in the path environment variable

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Jblue RAuthor Commented:
Thank you both.  There is helpful information in each comment.
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