Oracle Observations

August 14, 2009

The OTN toolbar and Metalink classic

Filed under: Uncategorized — bigdaveroberts @ 3:02 pm

For those who believe that new coke was just a great marketing wheeze to get people to appreciate old coke more, there is probably a case to be made for arguing that MOS (My Oracle Support) is a great way to make people appreciate how good old Metalink was (now renamed classic like old coke.)

So for those of you who use the OTN toolbar to launch Metalink and are disappointed that the button has effectively been hijacked, and now takes you to MOS, you will be pleased to hear that with only a couple of minor registry changes, the old functionality can be restored, and it can take you directly to the old style Metalink login screen.

You will require 2 new keys, UserButtons and METALINK, with the UserButtons key being under the standard otn toolbar hive and the METALINK key being under the New UserButtons key thus:


Then under the MTALINK key, you will need 2 new string values: “caption” and “link”, where Caption will be the text label to the right of the Metalink button in the toolbar, and the link will be the address of the classic Metalink page (

Alternatively, you can place the following in a text file with a .reg extension and double click on it to incorporate the contents into your registry.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


“Caption”=”Classic Metalink”


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