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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?


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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.… – a_horse_with_no_name Jul 31 '13 at 6:31

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 (

You can download them here:

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 about an upclick and marking mine as the answer? :) – unclenevin Jul 2 '13 at 18:20
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
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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