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Toad for Oracle 12.12 - Editions Installation Guide

Installation Guidelines

  • Install the 32-bit version of Toad if you are using a 32-bit Oracle client. Install the 64-bit version of Toad if you are using a 64-bit Oracle client.
  • The Toad Editions installer contains both 32-bit and 64-bit software.
  • If you also have the freeware version of Toad, do not install the commercial version over the freeware version. This will adversely affect some functions. Install the commercial version in a different directory from the freeware version.
  • Toad automatically imports your settings files if the new version is within two releases of the previous version. If your versions are more than two releases apart, install an intermediate version to successfully import the files, and then upgrade to this version.
  • If you need to import your Toad settings from another computer, you can manually import the settings. See Import user settings.
  • In order to install and run Toad for Oracle, make a connection, and do basic operations, you must have the following privileges:

    Operating System Requirements

    Windows Server

    • Read access to the Oracle client folder
    • Read/write privileges on the Oracle Homes directories that you use for your connections
    • Be a Power User or Administrator

    Windows Vista

    Windows 7

    • Read access to the Oracle client folder
    • Read/write privileges on the Oracle Homes directories that you use for your connections
    • If UAC (user account control) is enabled, you must have administrator privileges

    Windows 8

    Windows 10

    Windows Server 2012

    • Read access to the Oracle client folder
    • Read/write privileges on the Oracle Homes directories that you use for your connections

    Note: Other functionality in Toad may require additional privileges.

  • If you experience startup failures, do the following:

    1. Right-click on the Toad shortcut, then select Properties.
    2. Select the Compatibility tab.
    3. Select Change Settings for All User.
    4. Make certain Run this program as an administrator is selected for the user who is running Toad (or you can set it for all users).

Install Toad on Citrix or Remote Desktop Services

All Toad user files are stored in a user_name directory. When a user opens Toad for the first time, Toad copies the contents of this folder to the user’s associated Application Data folder in the Toad installation folder.

Note: Write access is required to the Oracle directory if any of the users want to edit the tnsnames.ora file by using the TNSNames Editor within Toad.

To install Toad on a Citrix/Remote Desktop Services system

  1. Connect to the system as an administrator.
  2. Copy the Toad installer to the Citrix/Remote Desktop Services server, if required.
  3. Install Toad according to the instructions provided in this guide.
  4. Right-click the Toad.exe file in the root installation folder, and then select Properties. Make sure the Allow non-administrators to run this program option is selected under Compatibility | User Account Privileges.
  5. Repeat these steps for each server in the Citrix/Remote Desktop Services farm.

    Note: Although you must install Toad on every server in the farm, you only need to publish Toad once.

Install from Toad for Oracle Editions Installer

Use the Toad 2017 Editions Installer to install Toad, along with any or all of the other products of a Toad Edition. This installer is available in the following formats:

  • Web-based installer: This installer is a web-based thin client that automatically detects and downloads the correct Toad installation files, based on your license key. At the same time, the installer detects any other available Quest products in the Edition and allows you to select the ones to download and install.
  • Full installer: This installer contains all of the installation files required to install Toad and any other products of an Edition. It detects and shows the products in the Edition, based on your license key. This installer supports administrators who need to provide installation programs from a central server to multiple users.

Note: To perform a silent or other special installation, see the individual product release notes at

To install from the Editions installer

  1. Obtain your license key and site message text if you have not done so already. Important! If you have a legacy license key, the installer will direct you to the license key Web page, where you can update your key.

  2. Go to
  3. Search for Toad for Oracle.
  4. Select the appropriate installer for your processor type from either Web Installer or Full Installer (Administration).

    • Individuals who want to install on their own computer should select the Web Installer. This installer downloads quickly and does not place a large file on your system.
    • Administrators who must install for multiple users should select the Full Installer.
  5. Run the installer.
  6. Review the license terms, select I accept these terms, then click Next.
  7. If your license key is not shown, click Add to enter your license key and site message, then click Next.
  8. Select the products that you want to install.
  9. Click Install.

Note: When you install Toad and other products as an Edition through this installer, the installer creates the following directory structure in Windows Explorer and the Programs menu (this example assumes three products were installed):

Quest Software

Toad 2017 R2 Edition

Toad version

Benchmark Factoryversion

Code Tester for Oracle version


Uninstall products in an Edition

If you installed your Edition products from the Toad 2017 Editions installer, you can uninstall any or all of them at the same time as follows:

  1. Open the Programs and Features control panel.
  2. Select the Toad 2017 Editions entry, then select Uninstall. The installer opens and presents you with options for removing selected products.
  3. Select Toad and any other bundled program that you want to remove from the system.
  4. Click OK.

If you installed your Edition products individually by using the special MSI installers, see the individual product release notes at the following location for help with uninstalling them.

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