Windows 2000 Pro, still a usable OS after all these years.

There may be those who don't care about running older OS's, and if so, just ignore this thread. This is for those who still wants to run Windows 2000 Pro, or is interested in trying.

First, you either need a computer that Windows 2000 was meant to run on, where drivers are still available from the OEM. Dell & IBM/Lenovo has a massive database of drivers for older computers. With newer computers, I won't say it's impossible, but it will be difficult finding drivers that works. Although many drivers claims to work with W2K/XP, this is not always the case, as I found out when I attempted an install on my HP MS214 AIO desktop, built in 2009.

The drivers (from AMD), although they worked quite well when I installed XP Home, Pro & MCE on it, didn't work with W2K. So to save a lot of trouble, it may be best to find a computer that was built for XP, and the market is saturated with them. eBay & Amazon are good places to begin looking, if you don't have one. Keep in mind that 120GB hard drives is the limit, as if an install is attempted on a HDD over either 127 or 137GB in capacity, even with SP4, it's a no go.

There is an "unofficial" SP5 that was written by MS engineers, but due to the fact that at that time MS was pushing XP, just as they're pushing Windows 7 now, it was never released for download. However, it contains many updates & hotfixes (over 400), and once installed, you have IE6, rather than IE5. It can even be slipstreamed into the install disk, making for many less updates to install. The unofficial SP can be obtained from here:

|MG| Microsoft Windows 2000 Unofficial SP 5.1.2195 Download

There are no viruses or malware in this SP, but as I always advise, scan it anyway.

Speaking of viruses & malware, security is going to be an imperative item that cannot be taken likely with this OS (nor any other, including Windows 7). At present, ESET NOD32 AV5 runs quite well on the OS, as does Malwarebytes Pro (MBAM). ESET is getting the bugs out of Smart Security, which contains a firewall that W2K lacks, so that it will work also. Some users has no issues with ESET Smart Security on W2K, it may depend upon the computer. MBAM Pro is an excellent choice to block malware on W2K, and most any Windows OS. Out of the many years that I've ran W2K, I've never been infected with a virus or malware. Just some tracking cookies that SuperAntiSpyware (SAS) removes quickly.

Now for a decent browser. Except for Windows Update, I highly recommend to stay away from IE6. The latest Mozilla Firefox (version 10) & Opera (version 11.61) browsers runs perfectly fine on 2K. You will need the latest Flash for both that W2K supports, and IE, as well as Java for some sites. Currently, the latest version of Java that will install on 2K is "jre-6u30-windows-i586". Flash (non IE, version 11,1,102,55, IE, version 11,1,102,55). Latest Adobe Reader supported is 9.4 Ultra Defrag 5.02 is about the best defrag software available.

All of these versions can be downloaded from File Hippo, as well as the browsers. - Download Free Software

Plus, there's many versions of software listed on that site that runs well on 2K. CCleaner, Recuva, the above browsers mentioned, and much more.

And remember, if you're dual booting W2K with XP, W2K will benefit from many more apps, such a defrag & backup software, that won't install on 2K.

The bottom line, if one keeps W2K secured, and uses a modern browser, coupled with safe computing habits, it's still quite a usable OS, and simple to use.


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I have a desktop, two notebooks and travel a lot; how do I set up Briefcase or such similar command in Windows 2000 Pro or in Office (wherever) so that my email files are common and up to date across all systems? thanks Darryl

Periodically, I used to have problems with Outlook 2000 "disapearing." It came on particularly if I'd left my computer running for a few days with Outlook running but minimized. It disapeared from the screen and the task bar and when I tried to restart it, either from a shortcut or from the Start menu, nothing seemed to happen. If I started Task Manager with the CTR-ALT-DEL combination, I got the display that Outlook was running but if I went to Processes, I'd find as many as ten instances of OUTLOOK.EXE (always in capital letters) running. If I exited each one, when I got to the last one, Outlook appeared on my screen as though nothing had happened.

I thought I was through all that when I switched to Windows XP two weeks ago but now my wife is having the same problem on her computer--not my old one--running Windows 2000 Pro. I'm not sure if she has any service packs running or not. If it's important to any of your answers, I can check.

What's the problem?



Any pointers on customizing Windows 2000 Pro, so that I can get my Sony Vaio laptop humming with some neat customizations?

I am looking for example to prevent Internet Explorer from opening PDF files automatically in its window, rather I would much like it to download the PDF file.

OK I am all ears.


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Hi Guys,

I have a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro on a new PC and have done for some weeks. On Friday i hit the shutdown option Update and Restart. On the Saturday (yesterday) I turned on my machine to greeted with the Windows 8 Logo then a blank screen and doesn't boot at all into Windows (And not i have checked both monitors and they connected fine.

What was i doing just BEFORE "Update and Restart".......

1. Enabled UEFI on the BIOS
2. Installed the Hyper-V Windows 8 Features
3. Created and installed a Virtual Switch
4. Created and installed a Virtual Machine and installed Windows 8.
5. Onto the VM i installed Visual Studio 2012 Web (MVC4) and SQL Server Express 2012 (NOT LocalDb)

Then after than i ran the Windows Update on the main PC and pressed "Update and Restart".

What have I tried doing to resolve this issue?

Booted (F12) using the OEM Disc. I have then Repair your computer->Troubleshoot....

1.1 Advanced Options
1.2 Automatic Repair
1.3 This fails and I get the following error:

then i tried....

2.1 Refresh PC
2.2 I get the following error:

"The Drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again"

then i tried....

3.1 Reset PC
3.2 I get the following error:

"Unable to reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing"

then i tried....

4.1 System Restore
4.2 This fails and i get the following error:

So I'm completely at a loss. I presume if I unlock the primary disk I should be able to boot or at least repair? Anyway i really don't want to wipe and uninstall if possible.

Hi, I bought windows 7 pro a few months ago and it is going sooooooooo slow its driving me nuts. I came here a while ago and some helpful members helped me get a few drivers and gave me some advice but nothing has seemed to improve. It isnt just internet explorer. Everything is crawling. If I have a file folder open and I tell it to scroll it ignores me for a few minutes. If I tell it to open something it ignores me for a few minutes. It seems to lag all over. I'm using Microsoft Security Essentials as you guys suggested and I've had all my windows updates plus my system is brand new it shouldnt be a hardware problem. This is currently I'm running on.

ASRock M3A785GMH/128M AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
(I have two of these for a total of 4 gigs) Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BL25664TG1608

I'm getting so frustraited with Windows 7 pro I'm starting to miss XP. Please help me if you can.

I have AD-based network on 2 Windows 2000 Server DC with mirrored functions
(DC, GC, DHCP, AD-integrated DNS). All PCs are Windows 2000 Pro. All works
Recently I install Windows XP SP1 on the one of my PCs and faced the problem.
When I double click a shared folder on Windows 2000 Server or Pro computers
from that Windows XP PC, the browsing process takes unexpectedly long time
before I can see the content. When I click the "Up" button (in order to move
to the shared folder list) and double click the same folder again, the
content appear quickly.
I made some NetMon traces and noticed the following: the data exchange looks
normal, in the first 3 seconds (!) I saw the normal initial (connection tries
only) data exchange, then the silence for 17 seconds, and after that the full
(connection tries + content) data exchange within 1 second.
Does anybody knows how to beat the problem?

I run Office 2000 Premium under Windows XP Pro on a PIII 500 CPU machine. Before the recent worm attacks, no problem. After I expanded McAfee program set, I now get a reinstallation message run-through every time I open WinWord, Excel or Access, but not on any of the other Office 2000 programs. Annoying only, but it should not happen -- any insight from anyone would be very much appreciated.

I've been running XP Pro SP2 for several years (came loaded on the HP computer). Because of some flakiness in the system after all these years, I did a system rebuild (per Fred Langa's instructions on this site: Worked exactly as advertised, and only minor tweaking was required to bring it back to where it was when I started.

I've been using my Epson Stylus Color 850 printer via a parallel port connection (it has no USB connectivity) since way back in the Win 2000 days, and continue to use it with my XP system (using the W2k driver, since Epson never updated the driver for XP). The driver works fine with XP. Before I rebuilt the XP system, when I would go to Control Panel/Printers and Faxes, my printer would show up as "EPSON Stylus COLOR 850". Right-clicking on Properties would bring up a comprehensive dialog for adjusting the printer settings and preferences.

Since I've rebuilt the OS, I still show EPSON Stylus COLOR 850 in the Printers and Faxes app, it still brings up the same Properties dialog, and it's still listed as my default printer.
However, I now also show another printer in the Printers and Faxes window, listed as Epson Stylus COLOR 850 ESC/P 2. Right-clicking on Properties for this printer brings up a much less comprehensive dialog for settings and preferences. A discussion with Epson tech support (who really don't want to hear that their W2k driver works with XP), said that the new printer listing is because Windows XP has installed the printer using the Windows driver (not Epson's), so that the printer is showing twice, once for each driver. They suggested that I use the Windows driver, because they won't stand behind the W2k driver in XP. But the W2k driver is a much more comprehensive driver, and works fine.

When I attempt to uninstall the printer that uses the Windows driver, from the Add/Remove Programs app in the control panel, or when I delete the Epson Stylus COLOR 850 ESC/P 2 listing from the Printers and Faxes app, the next time I boot the computer, I get a dialog that says Windows has found new hardware, and it proceeds to re-install my printer with its own driver.

Since I only use the Printer with the W2k driver, I would permanently like to uninstall the second iteration of this printer, but I don't know how. It doesn't show in the Device Manager.
I'd appreciate any suggestions for doing this.

I originally posted this on the Win XP site, but it's now a Win 2000 issue as XP isn't suitable.

I need to reformat my hard drive and reinstall my OS (shudder - the very thought fills me with abject horror).

Will Windows 2000 Pro run adequately (ie not crawl along) on a P2 400 Mhz Gateway with 128 Mb RAM? Or should I go back to Win 98, the current (broken) OS?

Thanks for your comments.

I'm posting this here because it seems to be a Windows 2000 issue.
Fresh install of Windows 2000 with Office 2000. Access data base and Word merge documents created a couple years ago. NO security set up in db or word docs. Windows 2000 Administrator can open and has full access to db. Administrator can open Word merge docs and it correctly finds and uses the db.
BUT, ANY OTHER USER who logs on to Windows 2000 can ONLY open (and has full access to) the db. If they open one of the many Word merge docs that use this db, Word says that it cannot find the data base.
You can manually go in and select the db and it seems to be okay but I have at least twenty different merge docs that use this data base and to go through each one and determine the table (or query) it uses is going to take a lot of time!
I have another new system on which I installed Windows 2000 and Office 97 (SR2) and the above scenario plays out exactly the same.
If I am logged on as Admin in Windows 2000 I can use the files as they have worked for years on the Win95 system but that is it. I have tried share permissions and everything I can think of! I also purchased two Windows 2000 Pro books to help in the overall process of learning the OS and can't find the answer there either! Anyone out there able to save me some time?!!

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So after some days of playing around with Windows 7 I feel that it would be worth while building my new systems on Windows 7 rather than XP pro again.

So a little advice on which way to go would be a great help please.

Now I am a software developer that uses a lot of 32bit applications including MS Vis C++, MicroChips dev tools (MPLab) , ARM7 Dev tools, Office 2003 etc. Plus many many other 32bit applications that I know the original developers of these are never going to upgrade them to Windows 7 64 bit and these are vitally important to my business they must run in XP 32 bit compatibility mode.

The other software that I make great us of is Outlook Xpress, hence I have over 100 folders of DBXs email files that I need to migrate/copy and have access to in Windows 7.

So the what to do question please?

Should I install XP Pro and all my 32bit apps and then do an upgrade to Window7 64bit and would this solution give me access to XPs Outlook Xpress.

Or Should I do a clean install of Windows 7 Pro 64bit bit and than install all my 32bit applications and use Outlook from the MS 2003 office suit I have for my emails.

NB all my data files are on another drive (plus a backup drive) so they would not be affect by either solution.

Many thanks in advance IMK

New figures reveal Windows 8 is still a long, long way behind its predecessor Windows 7 -- not to mention the venerable Windows XP.


I am trying to install a full version of Windows XP onto
my new pc that now has Windows 2000 Pro. I keep getting
the message: Setup was unable to read from or write to
drive C. If a virus scanner is runnig, disable it then
restart setup." My Windows Xp is NOT a UPGRADE!

I haven't any virus programs yet on new pc, just a few

I was told to turn pc off and boot up from CD, well F8,
ESC and press any key is NOT responding, Windows 2000 Pro
just boots up and runs as it should except I DON'T WANT
IT TO! Errrr.

May I please get some help as how to get 2000 OFF my pc
and install Xp please please?

NOTE: I do NOT have a problem with losing any information
on my new pc. There are no files on the pc that can not
be replaced.

Thank you=)


You may know part of my story...I wrote Microsoft today and am awaiting

I purchaced a new computer about two weeks ago. (It came with XP PRO

This is very complicated...bear with me

My goal (old PC had died)... I needed to move the data over from two
small drives to the new large drive. (I did receive the full install XP
Pro CD)

Further, I wanted to format a small partition and (to boot with DOS)
repartition the new drive.

Well, the new drive had a single partition (NTFS) nearly 40 gig. It also
had a small "utility" partition" 47 meg.

So, I was forced to reformat (wipe out XP PRO?) the drive----

But that did not remove the small utility partition!---(or so I found
out after reformatting and creating new partitions...)

FDISK only "saw" a single, unformatted drive after all that effort.

I had to delete the Master Boot Record and reformat the drive...again.

So, I re-install XP Pro from the CD. Of course it prompted me to
"Activate" it.

Not only did I not know what that meant (then, I thought it meant
"register")...the computer was not, and still does not have Internet
access. (I just skipped it and finished install)

Well, I found out what activation meant----I was warned for two more days.

(I was still in the process of migrationg data from my old machine....I
wanted to keep my "old" version of Windows 2000) I figured I'd get to
"activating" it when my project was complete

Well, Windows 2000 wouldn't "migrate". I had to do a clean install.
(Yeah, I was warned)

And..., since I did that after the install of XP PRO?

Yep, I had to re-install XP PRO again! (Actually I booted from the XP CD
and chose Repair----It went through the reinstall process anyway?!)

I again was stupid a couple of days later----after installing the
command console in Windows 2000? (I didn't know the XP cmdcons would
work for both)

Well, XP PRO wouldn't boot---so when I ran "repair"? Yep, it went into
a new install phase. Um, I believe I know the difference between setup
and repair---I've run W2k since its release)

An aside? That is odd---In Windows 2000, I have had to use "repair" (
"choose "R"?) countless times and it never started an install from

All is well now. I have my small DOS partition, I have a reformatted
drive and can boot to XP Pro and Windows 2000. Whew! What a week.

However, after the repair/re-install of XP PRO (following the Windows
2000 install)---I have received no warning to activate!

Further, I went to Programs/Accessories/Systems Tools---and there is no
opportunity to activate (per the MS website). I will still have to do it
by phone as the machine is not and probably won't be connected to the
Internet for some time...but as of now---I get no warning and see no
means to activate.

I am certain it is not activated. I read in a Microsoft newsgroup to
run the program "jellybean". All the checkboxes are greyed out and it
tell me so.

So, why was I "warned" after the first install and even given a daily
warning on days 29 & 28 to activate? ---

(Before the second and third re-installs?)

Again, no warning after the second install (after installing Windows
2000) or the third install after installing the Windows 2000 command

I have no idea how much time I have left, how I'll activate it and while
it appears I do have to (or at least I did for three days...)---Why
isn't there any warning of how much time I have left or the option there
to "do it"? (or a means to do it?)

I would probably prefer to do it over the Internet---punching in 50
numbers is not my strongest suit...I never get the 25 numbers in from
the cd key under two or three tries...

Seriously, this seems very odd indeed!

I understand that reformatting the drive and reinstalling
might/would/should require Activation on an OEM install----but I don't
understand why that option (warning---means to do it in the System
utils) is no longer there after the 2nd and 3rd re-installs?

So, can you explain this--?

Also, since I do have access to the Internet with another computer (Duh,
I'm using one now!), can I use this one some how (I doubt it) instead of
the phone?

Sorry for the long story...

But, (I do wish "repair" in XP PR didn't go to a full install)....

No, I didn't lose my applications, but I did lose all configuration and
settings. In Windows 2000, repair means repair...It only fixed what was
wrong---it was not an install. XP just started install on it's own, and
said it would take x minutes...

So, it is obvious I'll need to activate--- I don't know how much time I
have left?

Oh, please don't refer me to the manufacturer---we have some outstanding
Before I purchased, they knew my intention to have a Fat partition (I
knew I'd have to reinstall after I sysed DOS and wanted to make sure I
got a full CD)

----After the job was done, or after they made the sale?

They are of no help with anything...After I told them I reformated the
drive for DOS---they told my they wouldn't support me...So, I'm on my
own and I think time is running out...


I've been involved recently in rolling out Windows XP Pro to several medium-sized pilot groups. Our servers are all Windows 2000 and we're using logon scripts to map network drives - with each department having their own, slightly customized version of essentially the same script. Most of the mappings occur as a result of any IF...THEN, like so:

NET USE K: SRVMAINEOTB /persistent:no

We've never encountered any problems with our Windows NT 4.0 Sp6 or Windows 2000 Pro PCs mapping drives. But some of the Windows XP Pro workstations are experiencing intermittent drive mapping failures.

I'm guessing that share rights shouldn't be the problem or else the drive mapping would always fail, instead of only occasionally failing.

Any suggestions?