Monday, October 12, 2009

Vista installer available for Discoverer 10g Administrator and Desktop

As many of you have already found out, if you attempt to install the base software for Discoverer Administrator or Desktop onto Vista the install will fail. I am pleased to let you know that there is now a patch available on Oracle Support (formerly MetaLink) that will allow the install to go ahead on Vista.

The patch number is 6153263 and obviously it is only available for the Microsoft Windows 32-bit platform.

After you have downloaded the patch make sure you unzip it into a folder where there are no spaces in the path. A folder like this will work fine: c:\downloads\oracle\vista

After you have unzipped the patch you should notice a new folder called Disk1 containing a setup.exe file.

With the new setup you can install onto Vista in one of the two following ways:

Install Method 1:
In command line mode (aka DOS) go into the folder containing the new setup.exe and launch it pointing to the products.xml file of the original install, like this:

setup.exe FROM_LOCATION=c:\downloads\oracle\10gTools\stage\products.xml

Note: if your path contains a space you must enclose the whole file location in double quotes, like this:

setup.exe FROM_LOCATION="c:\downloads\oracle\10g Tools\stage\products.xml"

Install Method 2:
  1. Within the Vista UI, use Explorer and navigate into the folder containing the new setup.exe
  2. Double-click setup.exe
  3. On the Specify File Locations screen, navigate to the products.xml file in the location where you unzipped the original Tools software

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