How do I get Oracle 8.1.7 tools and get them to work with Windows XP?
Oracle 8.1.7 only partially supports XP.
Oracle has only certified its client software with Windows XP and to install it a patched version of the installer is required (obtainable by entering [BUG:2445238] number in the patch number field in MetaLink).
Oracle 22.214.171.124+ Client Components Certified on Windows XP
* Net8 Client includes Net8 Configuration Assistant
* Oracle Protocol Support
* Oracle Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) Drivers
* Oracle Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) DriverFoot 1
* Oracle Provider for OLE DBFoot 1
* Oracle Objects for OLE (OO4O)Foot 1
* Oracle Call Interface (OCI)
* Oracle Services for Microsoft Transaction Server (OraMTS)Foot 1
* Pro*C/C++Foot 2
You get the tools by purchasing the Oracle database.