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Sticky: XE on Windows cannot install on machines with hostname greater than 16 characters

Christian.Shay -Oracle
Christian.Shay -Oracle Posts: 2,245 Employee

Oracle Database on Windows (including Express Edition) has a bug in which it cannot be installed on a machine with a hostname (machine name) that is greater than 16 characters.

During install you will receive an error telling you to examine a log (usually in ..\cfgtoollogs\dbca\XE\trace.log<timestamp>.) 

Inside the log file you will see: 

DIM-00019: create service error

O/S-Error: (OS 1053) The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.

To check your machine's hostname, open a command prompt and type "hostname", or "systeminfo".

To workaround this issue, clean up any previous install attempt, change your machine's hostname (machine name) to a hostname which is 16 characters or less. Then reboot and reinstall XE..

Bug number: 34273456

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