Is there a way to setup your Oracle db to always be brought up in an idle state so that you can then 'startup' when you want to use it. I'm running Oracle 11g R2 on Windows with lean resources.
To start or stop the database:
From the Start menu, select All Programs, then Oracle - HOME_NAME, then Configuration and Migration Tools, and then Administrative Assistant for Windows.
In the console window, expand the Oracle Administration Assistant for Windows tree structure.
Under Databases, right-click the name of the database, and from the menu, select from the following options:
At Startup/Shutdown Options, you can set whether the instance should start when the Windows service belonging to that database instance starts.
Another method is to use the command line, disabling the automatic startup of the instance of database ORCL:
oradim -edit -sid ORCL -STARTMODE manual