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Errors after installing Oracle 8.1.7 release 3 patch

I just installed the Oracle 8.1.7 release 3 patch on Windows 2000 and I can no longer get Oracle to run. I am getting "ORA-02034: Oracle Not available," and the OraDim.log has "ORA-01078: Failure in processing sys parameters" and "ORA-12638: Creditential Retrieval Failed" errors. Please help.

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The service may be attempting to start up the database with an incorrect parameter file. Check the registry entry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE --> software --> oracle --> HOMEn. Make sure the PFILE entry is pointing to the correct parameter file for the database you are attempting to start with the service. Also note that, according to Oracle's certification matrix, Oracle 8.1.7 on Windows 2000 has been de-supported.

This was first published in September 2006

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