Installing Oracle Database 10g on Windows Vista Follow these simple steps described below: Do you have CD of Oracle database installer? If no, then you will have to download Oracle Database 10g software using your internet connection. For this, you may require a username and password for Oracle website. If you have an existing account then simply enter the information, otherwise you will have to create one. Once you have downloaded Oracle Database 10g software from Oracle website then you need to extract the files from the zipped folder. 1. Run the automatic setup application once you have unzipped the downloaded folder. An Oracle universal installer window would appear. 2. A list of installation methods would appear, namely, ‘Basic Installation’ and ‘Advanced Installation’. Choose ‘Basic Installation’ option if you want to install with general-purpose database and ‘Advanced Installation’ if you want to install with advanced user options. 3. Select the type of installation, namely, ‘Enterprise Edition’, ‘Standard Edition’ and ‘Custom’ or ‘Personal Edition’. Click on the next button. 4. Enter the path for Oracle components installation or use the default path. Click on the next button. 5. If ‘Custom’ was chosen as installation, type then a new window appears. Select the product components from the list of available options. 6. In this step window checks for minimum system requirements by initiating prerequisite checks. If there were an existing version of Automatic Storage Management or Oracle database installed on your system then a new window to ‘Upgrade an Existing Database’ would appear. Click on ‘Yes’ button if you want to upgrade your existing database and ‘No’ if you do not want to upgrade your existing database. 7. A list of configuration options would appear, namely, ‘Create a database’, ‘Configure Automatic Storage Management’ and ‘Install Database Software’. 8. Select ‘Install Database Software’ option. 9. A database configuration window would appear. Select the type of database configuration from the list of available options, ‘General Purpose Database’, ‘Transaction Processing Database’, ‘Data Warehouse’ and ‘Advanced’. 10. Click on the ‘Next’ button. 11. Enter the Database configuration information and click on the ‘Next’ button. 12. A list of Management Options would appear with two options, namely, ‘Use Grid Control’ and ‘Use Database Control’. Select the option that best meets your requirements. Then you need to select the Database File Storage Option from the ‘File System’ option and ‘Automatic Storage Management’ option. If you select the ‘File System’ option then you will have to specify the location of database file. 13. Click on the ‘Next’ button. 14. A new window would appear with backup and recovery options. You will have to choose from ‘Enable Automated Backups’ and ‘Disable Automated Backups’. Select one and click on the next button. 15. Specify passwords for Database schema or privileged database accounts and click on the ‘Next’ button. 16. A summary of your selected options would appear. Press ‘Install’ button once you confirm all options are correct. 17. A status window would appear showing status of installation. 18. Once the installation is over, click on the ‘Exit’ button. If you followed all steps, the installation would be complete.