INS-10102: Installer Initialization Failed

SYMPTOM

  • The windows installer, initiated by double-clicking setup.exe, displays the banner and a DOS box momentarily and then fails with the error INS-10102: Installer Initialization Failed.

ORACLE ERROR OUTPUT


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CAUSE

  • Either by design, or more likely by accident, a blank inst_loc entry has been created in the Windows Registry. The most common causes of this are corporate software deployment tools.

SOLUTION

  • Run regedit.exe
  • Locate key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ORACLE\inst_loc
    • Either update the value with to the full path of the inventory,
    • Or, if there is no Oracle software installed at present, delete the inst_loc key
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