Oracle XE – Uninstall causes Windows Event Log to Stop

I’ve seen this a couple of times now.  After uninstalling Oracle XE the Windows 7 eventlog service stops (Windows Event Log).  Before anyone blames Oracle alone on this I’ve found similar posts with the same issue on installing/deinstalling Sql Server.

Here’s the best fix I’ve found, and I’m posting this as much for myself as anyone else:

Hope this helps.

The main issue I’ve found was correct by changing the permissions on the folder and items in the folder %WINDIR%\system32\winevt\Logs.

Oracle XE Support – helpful note

I was looking for Oracle support and got a response from oracle like the following. This was very helpful for me, hope it helps someone else.

Oracle Express Edition (XE) is not supported by normal Oracle Support Services because it is distributed at no charge.

The support for Oracle XE is done via a forum on OTN for which you have to register first.
This is documented in the FAQ accessible via

Please refer to the next statement from above references:
“Support is provided through a free Oracle Discussion Forum monitored by Oracle employees as well as community experts.”

You can refer the below note for more details.
Where To Get Support For Oracle Express Edition (XE) ? (Doc ID 352768.1)