How to install Oracle Client 11g on Windows 7?

The solution is tooo easy 🙂

After initiating installation of Oracle Client 11g (11.1.0.6.0) installation stopped on prerequisite checks with error:

Checking operating system requirements …
Expected result: One of 5.0,5.1,5.2,6.0
Actual Result: 6.1
Check complete. The overall result of this check is: Failed <<<<
Problem: Oracle Database 11g is not certified on the current operating system.
Recommendation: Make sure you are installing the software on the correct platform.
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To workaround this problem you have to edit refhost.xml file adding entry for Windows 7.

Location of this file on my system:
<Path>win32_11gR1_client\client\stage\prereq\client\refhost.xml

This is excerpt from my newly edited refhost.xml file:

<CERTIFIED_SYSTEMS>
<OPERATING_SYSTEM>
<!–Microsoft Windows 2000–>
<VERSION VALUE=”5.0″/>
<SERVICE_PACK VALUE=”1″/>
</OPERATING_SYSTEM>
<OPERATING_SYSTEM>
<!–Microsoft Windows XP–>
<VERSION VALUE=”5.1″/>
<SERVICE_PACK VALUE=”1″/>
</OPERATING_SYSTEM>
<OPERATING_SYSTEM>
<!–Microsoft Windows 2003–>
<VERSION VALUE=”5.2″/>
</OPERATING_SYSTEM>
<!–Microsoft Windows Vista–>
<OPERATING_SYSTEM>
<VERSION VALUE=”6.0″/>
</OPERATING_SYSTEM>
<!–Microsoft Windows 7–>
<OPERATING_SYSTEM>
<VERSION VALUE=”6.1″/>
</OPERATING_SYSTEM>

</CERTIFIED_SYSTEMS>

New lines are added at the end of this excerpt after <!–Microsoft Windows 7–>. Notice version value=6.1.

With new refhost.xml file all checks passed and I was ready to try out is everything OK after installation.

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