I'm sorry, but I can't be of much help. Oracle is not supported on XP Home. It is only supported on XP Professional (for Windows XP platforms). Many people complain of similar problems when trying to run Oracle on XP Home. They can install the software fine, but cannot connect or get the database to start. Try using Windows XP Pro or Windows 2000.
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