Whenever you try to install Oracle Database Client 10g Release 2 (10.2) on a Windows 2008 R2 x64 it fails miserably with the following error message:
Looks like the Oracle Universal Installer doesn’t support yet Windows 2008 R2 x64 although it does support Windows 2008 x64 😦
No worries, here is a little hack to save your day!
Go and edit \install\oraparam.ini search for [Certified Versions] and add at the end of the line ‘,6.1‘ as shown on the picture below:
Save the file then restart the Oracle Universal Installer again and oh surprise, the test is passed as shown on the picture below:
Later during the setup the Oracle Universal Installer does another check but now we can overcome the problem by ticking two boxes as shown on the picture below:
Voila I have my Oracle Database Client 10g Release 2 (10.2) for Windows 2008 x64 installed on a Windows 2008 R2 x64!
N.B. The Oracle Universal Installer says ‘Problem: Oracle Database 10g is not certified on the current operating system‘ so proceed at your own risk! Also read the Release Notes for additional information regarding Windows Server 2008 x64