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I need the Oracle 11g Release 2 sample schemas (HR, OE, etc.) in order to do most of the available online tutorials. I was hoping to install Oracle Express Edition on my Windows 7 laptop to get these; but I have never heard of anybody successfully installing Oracle XE on a 64-bit Windows platform.

Is there a version of Oracle XE 11g R2 available for Windows 7? And if so, could you please point me to it?

Thanks...

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You can install the "non-XE" version free of charge for education and development purposes. You just aren't allowed to use it for production. oracle.com/technetwork/database/enterprise-edition/downloads/… –  a_horse_with_no_name Jul 31 '13 at 6:31
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For that purpose you can download the pre-built virtual Machines (VMs) provided by Oracle. They only need Oracle Virtual Box in order to check them out (https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads).

You can download them here: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/community/developer-vm/index.html

This is the best solution for learning Oracle DB, without actually messing up your system.

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I don't believe so. Because it's free, Oracle seems to have limited it to 32 bit to prevent it from being used for business purposes.

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Thanks - that was what I was afraid of. –  Ken L Jul 2 '13 at 13:13
    
np....how about an upclick and marking mine as the answer? :) –  unclenevin Jul 2 '13 at 18:20
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I'd be glad to Nevin, but when I tried to upclick it said I don't have a high-enough reputation (min reqd = 15) –  Ken L Jul 3 '13 at 21:12
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The Linux edition is 64bit so the "prevent from being used in production" is apparently is not the case. –  a_horse_with_no_name Jul 31 '13 at 6:29
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