Software Deployment Question

silent uninstall Oracle 8 Cilent

09/09/2003 10729 views
Hi all,

i´m having a huge problem .. i have Oracle 8 Client installed on 120 workstations and i want to replace this Client with Version 9i.

I´m using the 9i installer with the response files . so far no problem.

BUT : i want to uninstall the old version remotely ... does somone know, how i can do this .. ? are there response files for uninstall ?

thanks a lot !
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Here is an old trick I like to use to find the uninstall command line for apps.
Go into add remove programs and copy the exact name of the application that you want to remove. ie Adobe Acrobat 5.0. Then launch Regedit and type the full name into a new search and start searching. It may take a while but what you are looking for is reg name of something like UninstallPath or UninstallString.
You can generally find all the uninstall info under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\

Good luck.

WiseMonkey 3 (:O)
Answered 09/09/2003 by: WiseMonkey3
Senior Yellow Belt

Thanks for this little trick !!

The problem is, that there is no entry in the registry, due to the oracle java installer.

Normally you can only remove this client, via the Oracle-installer .... but this is the manually way to remove .... i want to do this autmatically ...;-)


Answered 09/09/2003 by: e5tom
Senior Yellow Belt


I've done some digging and there does not appear to be any supported means of silently removing the Oracle 8 client software. This is frustrating, as they suggest its removal before updating.

One admittedly ugly way to go about it:

Use a repackaging tool to see the changes made by the uninstall. You could then either create a script to more perform checks and removals of those items, or (if your clients have a consistent baseline) you could use the repackaged uninstall to do the job. I would recommend against doing this as an MSI. Finally, you will probably have to modify the defaults for information to be captured to include removed files and registry entries.

If you do not have a repackaging tool, there is a freeware one here.

If anyone has any ideas please chime in!
Answered 09/09/2003 by: bkelly
Red Belt

Hi all,

thanks for your help .... i will try the InstallShield Admin Studio Repackager ... ;-)

will keep you informed if this works out ;-)

thanks a lot !!!

Answered 09/09/2003 by: e5tom
Senior Yellow Belt

We had a project to remove our older version of Oracle and upgrade to 8.17 for 3000 + clients. I performed an Oracle Install via the java installer on a clean OS and used SetupCapture from Wise Installer to capture the oracle setup.

I then created a vb exe to migrate all the odbc dsn to the new version. I wrote the exe to take command lines in anticipation of our Oracle 9x update. We used this within our MSI package.

Now we are upgrading to Oracle 9x without any issues.

If you would like some help(exe and src)and knowledge share please email me.


DigitalFootprint Software Corporation
Answered 09/24/2003 by: DigitalFootprint
Yellow Belt

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