Installing Oracle Database Client 10g Release 2 (10.2) on a Windows 2008 R2 x64

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

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24 Responses to Installing Oracle Database Client 10g Release 2 (10.2) on a Windows 2008 R2 x64

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  4. John Michael says:

    I faced exactly the same problem.
    I tried many things as displaying the ‘Setup’ file properties and in the compatibilitéy tab, I selected ‘Windows Server Release1’. I did the same with the ‘oui’ binary file.

    Many Thanks so for your workaround which saved my time 🙂

  5. Yipcanjo says:

    Thanks SO MUCH for this. Super-helpful.

    For the record, I was still not able to install on my Windows Server 2008 R2 box with this method. I had to download the (newer) version, which then installed *exactly* like your guide showed.

    Thanks again.

  6. Raghav says:

    Thanks DeinosCloud. Saved my day.

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  9. Sathyan says:

    Thank you very much. I was able to install using the steps you outlined.

  10. David says:


    I`m trying to install from the installed version from the oracle website using the steps you mentioned up. I clicked the setup file and the test for windows version has passed and also all the requirements are met but after that the command line closed and nothing continue.

    Please help, It`s very urgent….

    • deinoscloud says:

      Hi David, check your Java installation I would recommend first… Any error message in the eventviewer?

      • David says:

        Thank you deinoscloud for your value response…..

        But I solved my problem the day I post here (yesterday) after 4-5 hours of hard work… The problem was related to the OS security settings. When I downloaded the installation package of oracle 10204 from the oracle website, it creates a compressed file that should be uncompressed in order to be used.

        But the issue that appeared to me after a long time of analyzing where the error might be, was when uncompressing the file in Win Server K8 x64 R2, not all the files get uncompressed which leads to missing files in the uncompressed version.

        Thanks guys for providing such a place to get help about our problems….

  11. Ray says:

    This saved me a bunch of time.

    Thanks a lot!

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  13. あおい says:


  14. Bob says:

    Has anyone actually went on to use this setup to confirm that there are no errors when connecting to the DB from an app?


  15. meltem tekeli says:

    how can i find the oracle 10g client version for 64 bit windows server 2008 r2

  16. test says:

    Oracle 10g client is not recommended on Win2008R2, it cause number of issues. use 11gR2 client instead.

  17. Thank you sir it is really helpful you save my time. !!!!!

  18. Bruce Wayne says:

    It doesn’t work in my case. “Abnromal Program Termination” is the message I get after I specified the path for Oracle-Home.

  19. Gaziza says:

    Alternative: launch setup with keys
    setup.exe -ignoreSysPrereqs -ignorePrereq

  20. Bud says:

    What Gaziza said is the installation method supported by Oracle.
    setup.exe -ignoreSysPrereqs -ignorePrereq

  21. Marc says:

    I have the same Issue like Bruce Wayne….. i also tried what Gaziza and Bud wrote, but the Installation don´t work. After Selecting advance installation Installation crash and get the message “unknown” “unknown” “unknown”

  22. revate says:

    thanks great help

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