This document describes the installation process for the Oracle 12c Client software. The University of Wisconsin-Madison doesn't require any particular version installation of the Oracle client, but for best compatibility, it is recommended users install the 12c client. It is NOT recommended users running the Oracle 11g client update to 12c unless they are experiencing technical issues with the 11g client.
The clients are stored on the UW Box service so you may be prompted to login with your NetID and password.
Note: The zip archive containing the client installer is large and may take several minutes to download.
Locate the zip archive containing the client installer on your computer's hard drive.
Right-click the zip archive and select 'Extract All...'. Windows will decompress the contents of the zip archive into a folder in the same location.
Open the resulting folder called 'Client32' (or 'Client64'.). Double-click on the application labeled 'setup' to launch the installer program.
On the first installer screen choose 'Administrator' as the installation type.
Click 'Next >' on the language selection screen.
Make sure "Use Windows Built-in Account" is selected, then click 'Next >'..
On the 'Specify Installation Location' screen change the default 'Oracle Base' location to C:\app\, and Software Location to C:\app\client\product\12.2.0\client_1. Click 'Next >' to continue with the installation.
The installer program will check for prerequisites and initiate the installation process. Once the installation is complete, you will be taken to a summary screen.