Windows 7 64-bit Clients + 32-bit Browsers Certified with EBS 11i & 12

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[July 21, 2011 Update:  Added new client-server component certifications]

[Update Sep 15, 2010:  Changed JRE 1.6.0_03 to JRE 1.6.0_10 for Firefox and EBS 12.1 sections]

There are three possible configurations for Windows 7 desktop clients:

  1. 32-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE
  2. 64-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE
  3. 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit browsers, 64-bit JRE
We certified the first configuration in December 2009:  E-Business Suite with 32-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 32-bit versions of Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE.

I'm very pleased to announce that the second configuration is now certified.  You may now run 64-bit Windows 7 desktop clients with 32-bit IE and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE and Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit)
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Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or later
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or later.
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (Note 125767.1).
  • MLR Patch 8888184
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or later
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or later.
  • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or later.
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or later
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 or higher
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or later
Firefox 3.6 (32-bit)
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Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or later
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) or later (note 125767.1)
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6)(patch 5903765) or later
  • Applications Framework Patch 7651759
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_10 (32-bit) or later
  • It is also strongly recommended to apply patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model. This is particularly important if using client side next-generation JRE plugin (JRE 1.6.0_10 or later).
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or later
  • Applications Framework Patch 7602616
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or later
  • It is also strongly recommended to apply patch 7567840 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model. This is particularly important if using client side next-generation JRE plugin (JRE 1.6.0_10 or later).
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1 Prerequisites
    • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 or higher
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_10 (32-bit) or later
Exceptions to this certification

Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit) is currently not certified as a desktop client operating system for any Oracle client-based products, including:
  • BI Publisher Desktop (a.k.a. XML Publisher)
  • Discoverer Administrator Desktop
  • Sales for Handhelds (Outlook desktop synchronization client)
  • Workflow Builder Client
  • XML Gateway Message Designer
  • (July 21, 2011 Update: The three struck-through components above are now certified on Windows 7) 

Oracle JInitiator Not Supported

Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator has expired for E-Business Suite customers.

Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.1.8 ended in December 2008, and Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.3 ended for EBS customers in July 2009.  For more information about JInitiator desupport and switching your EBS end-users from JInitiator to the Sun JRE, see:
Windows 7 desktop clients are certified only with the native Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) with Windows 7.  Oracle JInitiator was built on top of Java 1.3.  Java 1.3 is desupported by Sun Microsystems and and not compatible with either Windows Vista or Windows 7.  We have no plans to certify Oracle JInitiator with Windows 7.

On Hacking Up JInitiator -- Please Don't

Various creative individuals have discovered that it's possible to replace a certain DLL in Oracle JInitiator 1.3 with a JVM from, say, JDK 1.6. I can't personally testify that these hacks work. I can say that this kind of surgery makes me intensely uncomfortable.

While it's nice to see creative initiative, I have to remind you that Oracle would regard this as a customization. We don't recommend customizing Oracle JInitiator for production environments.

What About Earlier Versions of IE?

Microsoft only supports IE 8 on Windows 7 desktops.  Microsoft does not support earlier versions of IE on Win7, so Oracle is only able to support IE8 on Windows 7 clients for the E-Business Suite.

Why are you interested in the third configuration?

As I mentioned in my previous update on this topic, now that we've certified the second configuration, we'll move on to the third.  You've asked for it, so we'll deliver.

That said, I am curious about your business need for the final certification (Win7 64-bit + 64-bit browsers and JREs).  Firefox 64-bit releases seem to lag in functionality and in the general release cycle.  Some reports suggest that 64-bit browsers do not necessarily provide improved performance across the board, and may have compatibility issues -- most notably with Flash, since Adobe is still working on their 64-bit Flash Player.

Even more telling, in fresh installs of Windows 7 64-bit, Microsoft configures the default browser to be IE 32-bit, not IE 64-bit.  In other words, end-users need to take an extra step to run the 64-bit version of IE. 

If you're planning to reconfigure your users' desktops to invoke a 64-bit browser by default, I'd be very interested in understanding your reasons.  Feel free to post a comment here or drop me an email.

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Comments:

Hi,
I saw in the JRE release notes that 1.6.0_U18 was the first version that introduced support for Windows 7:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/6u18-142093.html
If this is true, then is it really the case that we can be on a version as low as 1.6.0_03 and still receive support for a Windows 7 client?
Thanks,
Blake

Posted by Blake VandeVelde on September 14, 2010 at 02:22 PM PDT #

Hello Steven,

We are on 12.1.2 so could you pleas advice which Browsers version is certified with it and one thing i want to tell i try to login Oracle E-business Page with Windows 7 64bit it Errors out when click on any Form kindly Update us.

Thank you,
ahmed

Posted by Syed Ahmed on September 15, 2010 at 05:18 PM PDT #

Hi Blake,

From a windows 7 desktop we support JRE 1.6.0_03 and higher if running IE8 or FF 3.5 and we support 1.6.0_10 or higher if running FF 3.6. These base releases are adequate for the general running of Oracle E-Business Suite. There may be a requirement to use later JRE releases to fix certain bugs and issues depending on the product or functionality you are using. These are outlined in the Deploying JRE notes for EBS 11i & R12 referenced in this article. As always we recommend using the later and therefore more secure JRE releases if possible.

Regards,
Tim.

Posted by Tim Mervyn on September 15, 2010 at 11:49 PM PDT #

Hello, Syed,

The supported browsers are listed above. I suspect that you've missed a setup step of some kind. Your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our specialists engaged.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on September 16, 2010 at 02:16 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

i want to confirm with You that we have Java Plugins =1.5.0_13
On Apps Tier i will upgrade to the 1.6.0_3 Later but i need to know using Windows 7 IE Browser 8 will support or compatible with my current java plugin ?

Kindly Advice .

Thank you,
syed ahmed

Posted by Syed Ahmed on September 17, 2010 at 02:52 PM PDT #

Hello Steven,

I have a question that I believe is related to this. At this point is there any supported configuration that we've certified for using 64-bit browsers and JDK?

Thanks,
Salim

Posted by Salim Odero on November 02, 2010 at 02:00 AM PDT #

Hello, Salim,

I hope that you can help me understand the motivation for your question.

What is your business case for using a 64-bit browser in your organization? Are you planning on deploying this as a default in Win7 for all of your users, or do you plan to allow a subset of your users to run the 64-bit browser optionally for certain situations? If the latter, which situations?

The article above is still current. We're still working on the third-class of certifications -- i.e. with 64-bit browsers. Stay tuned to this blog for further updates on this certification, which I'll post as soon as possible.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 02, 2010 at 04:49 AM PDT #

Hello Steven,

We are in the midst of developing application with Oracle Forms using Jinitiator in Windows XP. 2 questions for you: (1) Will we run into technical issues if we change to Windows 7/8 later on? (2) Is JRE compatible in linux? Sincerely, Esther

Posted by esther soong on March 20, 2012 at 04:25 PM PDT #

Hello, Esther,

I'm part of the E-Business Suite division and generally focus on E-Business Suite issues. I can answer these questions, but deeper questions about custom Forms-based development might be better-handled by someone in the Forms team.

1. JInitiator doesn't run on Vista or Win7. JInitiator is based on Java 1.3, which is incompatible with Vista and Windows 7. You must switch to the native JRE plug-ing.

2. Yes. You can find a full list of JRE platform downloads on the JRE site:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jre-7u3-download-1501631.html

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 21, 2012 at 09:42 AM PDT #

I need oracle jintiater for windows7 64 bit edition

Posted by Shunmugam on June 20, 2013 at 06:24 AM PDT #

Shunmugam,

JInitiator was built on JDK 1.3, which was desupported many years ago. You must upgrade to JRE 1.6 or 1.7 for your Win7 desktop clients.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 20, 2013 at 09:43 AM PDT #

Hello.

64-bit OS, 64-bit browser (IE only so far) uses jdk-7u25-windows-x64.exe

64-bit OS, 32-bit browser (IE, Chrome or FireFox) uses jdk-7u25-windows-i586.exe

So is the OS or browser being secured by Java?

Posted by guest on July 03, 2013 at 02:48 PM PDT #

Hello, Guest,

I'm afraid that I don't understand the question.

Java provides a set of capabilities to run additional software on top of an existing operating system. Java doesn't "secure" either the OS or browser.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on July 05, 2013 at 10:08 AM PDT #

What good is it if you can't run Windows7 Oracle VM and Linux Mint 64 bit, or is there a plugin for a 64bit Linux VM and Windows7?
Thanks
Dan

Posted by Dan on December 02, 2013 at 04:12 PM PST #

Hi, Dan,

We don't have any current plans to certify Linux desktop clients with the E-Business Suite. We revisit this periodically to assess the latest market conditions around Linux adoption. If your organization plans to deploy Linux widely across your enterprise, please forward details so that we can monitor customer demand.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on December 03, 2013 at 08:04 AM PST #

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