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Welcome to the forums - pl post your exact database and OS versions.
The error message indicates that your database is down. To bring it up, use these commands
sqlplus / as sysdba
Once the database is up, you should be able to connect and execute the commands you need
Hi, you must start the service in your windows or execute it:
net start oracleservicexe
I am also having the same problem. the password does not appear, i am not sure whether its being entered or not.
If same problem/symptom - did you try to start the db per replies to this thread?