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Oracle on Microsoft Vista
Version 10.2
I saw Vista in Beta and had several impressions ... all negative.

Having now successfully installed Oracle 10gR2 ( Enterprise Edition on Vista Enterprise I have one additional observation.

If this is the best Microsoft can do, short their stock.
Here's how I got it to install:
Step 1: Disable DEP
  1. Click Start
  2. Click All Programs
  3. Click Accessories
  4. Right Click on Command Prompt
  5. Left click on Run as Administrator
  6. Click the Allow button if it asks you for permission
  7. Type or past the following into the command prompt window:

    bcdedit.exe /set {current} nx AlwaysOff
  8. Hit enter and you should see the confirmation: Operation Completed Successfully 
  9. Reboot and DEP should be off.
Step 2: Set Windows XP Compatibility Mode
  1. Right-click the setup executable setup.exe and choose Properties from the context menu that appears
  2. Click on the Compatibility tab
  3. Check the [ ] Run this program in compatibility mode for: box and select Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
  4. Check Disable visual themes
  5. Check Disable desktop composition
  6. Check Disable display scaling on high DPI settings
  7. Under privilege level check Run this program as an administrator
  8. Click Apply
  9. Click OK
I can not say that all of these steps are necessary. Some likely are not. But I'd run out of unused and colorful obscenities and was running low on vile threats when conn scott/tiger worked so I quit.

Did I mention that Vista began the unzip of Oracle's 661MB download by claiming it would take 5 hours? It didn't ... but it reminded me a lot of watching glaciers move: It took 35 minutes.

Vista: Microsoft's way of encouraging the use of open source operating systems

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