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Can a new computer run a Windows 2000 OS?

May 26, 2011 at 07:27:06
Specs: Windows 2000

I was told that new computers have hardware (IDE / mother boards) that is not compatible with running the Windows 2000 OS. is this true?

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#1
May 26, 2011 at 08:51:27

The problem is that Windows 2000 does not have drivers for modern hardware. How can a CD produced in 2000 have drivers for hardware that would not exist until years later? If the hardware was sufficiently popular the manufacturer may provide Windows 2000 drivers, but considering the very small user base that Windows 2000 currently has that is unlikely.

If you are attempting to install Windows 2000 on a new computer you are likely going to have trouble obtaining drivers, if they are available at all. This is an even more serious problem with laptops.

A better option would be to install a modern OS, such as Windows 7. If you really must run Windows 2000 you can then install a virtual machine such as VirtualPC or VirtualBox and install Windows 2000 on that.


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#2
May 27, 2011 at 06:50:44

Out of curiosity I did some searching for new motherboards. The oldest OS I found to be compatible is WinXP.

There are lots of reasons why Win2000 won't run well, if at all, on modern hardware. As was mentioned above drivers are probably the main reason but there are others. I don't think Win2000 would be able to handle multi-core processors for one. Prior to SP3 it was not 48 bit LBA compliant, which means it can't configure hard drives larger than 137GB.

Of course there is the lack of support for that OS and the versions of IE it can run.


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#3
May 27, 2011 at 07:41:37

Thanks for the help. I am recomending a hardware upgrade to the customer

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#4
May 27, 2011 at 20:56:24

FWIW, I've found many computers that are designed for Windows XP, and the XP drivers work fine under 2000. Example would be a Dell Dimension 4700 that I recently worked on, which came with NO Windows 2000 drivers, but the XP drivers work fine under 2000.

iMac G5 1.8GHz "Hero" PowerPC
2 x 1GB DDR PC3200 SDRAM
160GB WDC WD1600JD-40GBB2
Mac OS X Leopard Version 10.5.8

http://sdfox7.com


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#5
May 28, 2011 at 07:14:00

sdfox 7

As I stated in my response above, you may be able to get it running but it will not be able to take advantage of the features in modern processors.

I also mentioned Internet Explorer issues. Win2000 came with IE5 and can only run IE6.

There is a world of difference between WinXPsp3 and Win2000sp4.


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#6
May 30, 2011 at 07:44:59

"I don't think Win2000 would be able to handle multi-core processors for one."

Windows 2000 will recognize dual-core processors as long as Service Pack 4 is installed.

"Prior to SP3 it was not 48 bit LBA compliant, which means it can't configure hard drives larger than 137GB."

This too would be resolved with Service Pack 4.

While the same cannot be said for NT 4.0, in my experience Windows 2000 (specificaly Service Pack 4) has been every bit as capable as Windows XP. My company just upgraded to Windows XP about a year ago, and that was only because Microsoft was going to be dropping security updates for 2000.

Chances are if it runs on Windows XP it will probably run on 2000, even if it doesn't explicitly say so, provided that the programmer didn't specifically and deliberately write out Windows 2000.

iMac G5 1.8GHz "Hero" PowerPC
2 x 1GB DDR PC3200 SDRAM
160GB WDC WD1600JD-40GBB2
Mac OS X Leopard Version 10.5.8

http://sdfox7.com


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#7
May 30, 2011 at 09:17:41

Going back to response #1, you may be able to run current hardware using Win2000 but should you? Most users are buying a pre-configured computer with Windows 7 pre-installed. They should just learn to use Windows 7 instead of going backward 3 steps.

From reading the original post, do you think that person will know how to slipstream SP4 and possibly SATA controller drivers into their version of Win2000?


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