I have just installed Oracle 11g XE on a Windows 7 VirtualBox VM, using all the default options.

"Getting Started" fails

When I click on Getting Started I get taken to which fails. After some browsing I came across a suggestion to confirm the HTTP port, but I can't get this far, because I can't connect.

connect system fails

If I select Run SQL command line I get taken to a SQL prompt. I enter connect system and get prompted for a password. I enter the password. I immediately get the following error:

ORA-01033: ORACLE initialization or shutdown in progress
Process ID: 0
Session ID: 0 Serial number: 0

Info: Start database

This happens whether or not I run Start database first. (Start database just opens a Windows command prompt window.)

Info: Windows services

My Oracle services start as follows:

Oracle XE services default startup

Starting the manual services doesn't resolve the problem. Enabling and starting the disabled service doesn't resolve the problem.

Is there something I haven't done? How can I resolve this connection error?

  • Is Oracle Services working. Use net start command or services.msc to control. – Atilla Ozgur Dec 28 '11 at 20:12
  • @AtillaOzgur thanks for the tip, I've added services info above, starting the unstarted services didn't resolve the issue however :( – lofidevops Dec 29 '11 at 8:21
  • try to login using sqlplus "/as sysdba" – Atilla Ozgur Dec 29 '11 at 9:09
  • # Hi, I am also getting the same issue pop up(The installer is unable to instantiate the file C:\Users\SAMRAT\AppData\Local\Temp\{some value..}\KEY_XE.reg), so according to this blog I went to the path mentioned in the error pop up but could not find out the file “KEY_XE.reg” where I will set up the key data value.I am also installing in Windows7 64 bit.The DB installation file is “OracleXE112_Win32″.Please help me in resolving this issue.Thanks – Sam Feb 14 '12 at 6:44

For each and every unexpected behaviour/error see the installation logs at C:\oraclexe\app\oracle\product\11.2.0\server\config\log. It will tell what went wrongs during notifications.

In my case, it shows some thing related to windows events are full. I cleared all the events, de-install oracle and re-install. Everything is perfect.

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  • I'm accepting this untested because I ended up creating another VM and the second time it worked; it's a helpful answer nonetheless, and at least a source of more info should someone else run into the same problem – lofidevops Nov 28 '12 at 7:09

The following seemed to work for me.

Open a browser and navigate to the below url, this should get you where you need to go:


Actual port number (8080) may be different in your installation.

Taken from here: https://forums.oracle.com/forums/thread.jspa?messageID=9542052.

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  • my original problem was that the URL failed; are you suggesting using the machine name and/or localhost instead of – lofidevops Jan 29 '13 at 9:11

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