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Oracle 9i Enterprise partially loads on XP Pro

I am having problems loading Oracle 9i. I am running Windows XP Pro and every time I get to "Type of installation," I click Enterprise edition and it only loads 31%. Can you help me with this problem?
One of the most common reasons for this problem is that a previous installation of Oracle was not complete, and Oracle was not uninstalled fully. So I would uninstall Oracle completely, and then try again. To uninstall Oracle, follow these steps:
  1. Fire up the Universal Installer, click Remove and uninstall Oracle. Unfortunately, there are many traces left, which you'll have to handle manually.

  2. Using Windows Explorer, navigate to your ORACLE_HOME directory. Remove this directory.

  3. Using Windows Explorer, remove the C:\Program Files\Oracle directory.

  4. Go to Start --> Run and type "regedit" in the dialog box. This invokes the Registry Editor.

  5. Delete the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Oracle folder in the registry.

  6. Reboot your machine.
The above instructions are only good if you have one version of Oracle installed. Multiple versions can muddy the waters.
This was first published in April 2005

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