Multiple Oracle homes on Windows, which one is used?

When having multiple Oracle homes on Windows, how is decided which Oracle home (in the registry) is used by an Oracle binary? Which NLS_LANG or TNS_ADMIN setting from the registry is used?

The answer is binary, path, oracle.key, registry… and which for Windows. Continue reading

Search Doggy Style in Windows

Did you notice that when you install Windows Desktop Search, it replaces the Search Companion in the Windows Explorer? Probably you did…

If you want to change this back, for whatever reason, change the following registry entries:

Just for you:
[HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS]

For all users:
[HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Desktop Search\DS]

Happy consulting!