Installing 32bit client only Oracle 11g on 64bit Windows 10

experiencing a rash of issues trying to install Oracle client on new 64bit Windows 10 PCs.  We need the 32bit 11g client.  Everything I see at Oracle installs the database as well as the client.

Have never used the instant client, but this installation does not need the appserver, impdp, expdp, etc... Just the basic client to connect tools to the database.  Sql Developer, TOAD, etc.  Non-DBA user

Any and all pointers to the right package, pointers on installation, etc, appreciated.  Have seen notes on visual studio -- is that needed previous to client installation?
Jblue RAsked:
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Geert GOracle dbaCommented:
you installed a 32 bit windows ???
i've only seen people install the 32 bit windows version for very specific legacy 32-bit apps
if you don't use legacy 32 bit applications which are not compatible with 64 bit windows then there is no point in using the 32-bit version

normally you'd install a 64-bit windows
32-bit software will still run on 64-bit windows

if you're sure you want to stay in the pre-millenium age ... stay on win 32
Jblue RAuthor Commented:
you are correct: the windows is 64bit.. we have a legacy app that holds our client to 32bit.. Thank you..
slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
>>Have never used the instant client, but this installation does not need the appserver, impdp, expdp, etc... Just the basic client to connect tools to the database

SQL Developer and Toad are independent installs.  SQL Developer doesn't even need an Oralce client installed.

If you want the instant client, download the "Basic".  There is an additional package for sqlplus and another for the tools like import/export.

There is no install.  Just unzip all the downloads in the same folder and you are good to go.  You might need to manually create a network/admin folder to hold your tnsnames.ora and sqlnet.ora files.
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Jblue RAuthor Commented:
There is no install.  Just unzip all the downloads in the same folder and you are good to go.

unzip which downloads?.. are you speaking of the database download? I am not wanting to load the database,.,. just the client.. I should not have mentioned sql-developer and toad.. it is the oracle client I need to get installed.
slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
All Oracle downloads are available on

You mentioned the Instant Client so I figured you already knew where it was.  I cannot say it it has everything you need because I don't know everything you need.

The Windows 32Bit Instant Client can be downloaded here:

I would suggest the latest version:  Version but there are older versions if you require those.

The one download you must get is:
Instant Client Package - Basic: All files required to run OCI, OCCI, and JDBC-OCI applications

You can read through the other available packages to see which of them you need.  Some you do need to run an install but they will tell you which ones.  They come with readme type files.  I forget the exact name of the file but they all come with instructions.

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Jblue RAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
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