Windows 7 bit *Home Premium* says it all.
Rhetorical question: Did Oracle ever certify any edition of Oracle against any edition of Windows Home?
No they didn't as there are architectitural differences between Windows Home and Windows Professional/Ultimate
(I know John Watson says it works, but still it ISN'T certified, and John Watson is NOT going to assume responsibility for any of your issues)
Also what you describe seems to indicate Oracle is not the cause but the culprit, so you might be barking at the wrong tree.
@Moderator: It seems to me more and more people are using the General RDBMS forum as a generic junkjard for ALL of their questions, whether it be RMAN, Linux, shell scripting or whatever.
Can something be done about this? Also can something be done about the high percentage (> 95 percent) of RTFM questions?
Senior Oracle DBA
A 32bit application using OleDb will require a 32bit OleDb provider. You only have the 64bit Oracle client components installed (it installs as part of the server install). The "provider not found" message is because the OleDb layer is looking for a 32bit provider to link to your 32bit application. When you run the code as a VBS script with the command prompt it is being run by a 64bit interpreter which is why it works.
You either need to ...
- Set your project to compile to 64bit binaries (doesn't sound like an option with the tools you are using).
- Install a 32bit OleDb provider for Oracle (Oracle Client).
You can download a 32bit Oracle client and install it on the same system along side the 64bit server. It is very common to have 32bit clients connecting to a 64bit server, in your case the client and server just happen to be on the same machine.
Thank you for your reply.
>Install a 32bit OleDb provider for Oracle (Oracle Client).
Yes, I tried by this way :
1. Downloaded ODAC112012Xcopy.zip from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/windows/downloads/utilsoft-087491.html
2. Extracted it to E:\E:\ODAC112012Xcopy
Volume in drive E is HCL_DISK3
Volume Serial Number is A62A-F491
Directory of E:\ODAC112012Xcopy
15-02-2014 10:37 <DIR> .
15-02-2014 10:37 <DIR> ..
15-02-2014 10:37 <DIR> asp.net
15-02-2014 10:37 <DIR> asp.net4
20-07-2010 17:00 27,307 configure.bat
13-07-2010 18:43 12,350 install.bat
15-02-2014 10:37 <DIR> instantclient_11_2
15-02-2014 10:37 <DIR> odp.net20
15-02-2014 10:37 <DIR> odp.net4
15-02-2014 10:37 <DIR> oledb
15-02-2014 10:37 <DIR> oo4o
15-02-2014 10:37 <DIR> oramts
20-07-2010 17:00 6,684 readme.txt
20-07-2010 17:00 13,772 unconfigure.bat
29-07-2010 17:32 20,562 uninstall.bat
5 File(s) 80,675 bytes
10 Dir(s) 61,593,464,832 bytes free
E:\ODAC112012Xcopy>install.bat all c:\oracle odac
E:\ODAC112012Xcopy>configure.bat oledb E:\app\serverroom\product\11.2.0\dbhome_1
3. Restarted the machine.
Now tried to run the above VB code, but problem is still there. Can you please help me where I am missing.
Finally I got the solution. Let me elaborate what I did and have :
1.Oracle 188.8.131.52 64 bit database
2.Windows 7 Home 64 bit (Unsuported OS) !!
3.ODAC (I tried, but same problem Provider not found). Then I downloaded and installed;
win32_11gR2_client.zip (684,581,290 bytes)
4.Oracle 32 bit Client Software (in different client home directory). I opted Custom Installation option and checked marked on select all option button. At the time of instllation; I got one perquisite check failed related to path variable; something like long path variable, so I ignored it and moved ahead. Installation completed and successfully.
5.Now tried with above code....Bingo....Provider not found went away; but ORA-12154... Huh.. ? Why, when I am able to access the db by saying sqlplus scott/tiger@orcl then what is the problem with VB ? I searched a lot, but no luck... I went my home; because its office closing time, so I shut down the pc.
6.New day morning, after started the db and listener, I just tried to re-run the above code, I got ORA-12557...Huh ? What is this mystery; but I took as an interesting question and again google.... There I found to something have the correct path variable i.e. first db home and then client home.. I corrected it, but no luck.. Then I got a link (I forgot what was that, but it was saying to just remove oracle_home environment variable by right click computer--properties--Advanced System Setting--Environment Variable--System Variable--Oracle home and clicked on delete button)
7.Now tried above VB code.... Ah.. a... What a cool, after all success....
8.So, I don't have oracle_home environment variable
9.This is my path variable :
10.This is my oracle_sid :
11.And no oracle_home
So, one line conclusion is :
Install Oracle 32 bit client software, restart the pc (to avoid ORA-12154), delete oracle_home environment variable (to avoid ORA-12557) and you done.
A very fine and thorough explanation, Girish, and I've tried to follow it to the letter.
1) I downloaded and installed the above 32 bit client in its own, brand new directory (client_3)
2) I checked the path variable and the client_3/bin is first.
3) I ran regsvr32 against the ORAOLEDB11.DLL in the client_3 directory just to make sure it was correctly registered.
When I try to log on with the VB app I still get the 3706 error.
I also notice I get a syntax error when I try to use Provider=ORAOLEDB.oracle. The only reference I get is ORAOLEDBLIB.ORAOLEDB, and that doesn't do anything that I can use...
I find the provider when I run the 32 bit ODBC administrator but that's it...
Please, somebody, have a clue here before I tear my hair out... :-(