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Oracle's Enterprise Manager Disables Vista's Aero

10/7/2007 2:17:52 PM

I'm currently working on a project which uses Oracle 10g DBMS. So, naturally I've downloaded Oracle 10g Client for Vista (why this is a separate 600mb download from "standard" Win32 version is another story). Installation went smoothly but then, when I started Oracle's Enterprise Manager my screen flickered and shiny Aero Glass interface disappeared. I've closed EM and Aero reappeared. Opened - disappeared, closed - reappeared.

Long story short: I've narrowed the problem down to old JRE (java runtime) version which was included in Oracle's client for Vista (which is a separate 600mb+ download from standard Win32 client for XP, Win2000, etc.). And the ugliest thing is that even though I have the latest version of JRE on my machine Oracle insists on using it's "own" (excerpt from their oemapp.bat file: "REM Make sure that our JRE is used for this invocation").

So, I just took the latest JRE installation and forcefully installed it into Oracle's JRE directory (oracle\product\10.2.0\client_1\jdk\jre\). Voila. Aero is saved, EM seems to work (don't blame me if doesn't). "Only" 2 hours wasted.

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