WiFi driver?? for windows 2000

October 24, 2015 at 09:10:23
Specs: windows 2000
My laptop is an Asus vivobook x200ca 1.5ghz dual core celeron 4gb ddr3 on board ram.

It came pre installed with windows 8 but I hate the damn system.

I have windows 2000 pro iso but I can't seem to find a driver for NY WiFi adapter can anyone help by posting a link to a driver???

The WiFi card is atheros ar9485 but I'm not sure if there's a driver for windows xp for the WiFi card if there is would.I be abil to manually install it on win2k??

Any advice will be much appreciated.

Reason for.downgrading to 2k? I love 2k and hate anything newer. Thanks


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#1
October 24, 2015 at 09:18:16
I doubt that there is a Windows 2000 driver for any WiFi adapter produced in the past 10 years. An XP driver wouldn't work with 2000.

Windows 2000 was a great OS in its day, but it would be a very poor choice for an installation nowadays. If you must go for 2000 then I would recommend that you buy hardware from the same era. And, for goodness sake, don't ever connect it to the Internet!

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#2
October 24, 2015 at 09:20:51
It is almost a certainty that there will be no Windows 2000 driver for a Wifi Adapter that was fitted in a computer produced in the Windows 8 era.

Have you any reason to suppose that you will get any of the other necessary drivers? I reckon you will have one heck of a job on your hands to make Win 2000 understand the hardware you are trying to install it on. It won't understand what appears to be massive RAM and what it would make of SATA disks is anyone's guess.

I trust you realise that your security on Win 2000 is way below par for the current internet. This means your likelihood of getting viruses and all sorts of other scams is very high indeed.

If you really must do this consider running Win 2000 inside a virtual machine. Then you could at least use Win 8 for the internet.

EDIT:
I see I overlapped.

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#3
October 24, 2015 at 09:34:29
You will be suprized that I have all the drivers needed apart from the WiFi driver :p

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#4
October 24, 2015 at 09:37:22
Yes, but have you tried to run it? See the recent edits to my #2. I think the lack of a Wifi driver is doing you a favour.

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#5
October 24, 2015 at 10:49:20
I have set it up in a VM but not virtual hardware ect set it up on my actual hardware installed all the drives and used a shared connection all running good just need the WiFi and am all set to go

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#6
October 24, 2015 at 10:54:14
What do you mean "VM but not virtual hardware"? That doesn't make sense; if you run in a VM you are running on virtual hardware. Windows 2000 will run just fine in a VM on any computer, but that doesn't mean that a native install would work.

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#7
October 24, 2015 at 10:57:46
Installed in a VM and added my own drivers to it, also the unofficial sp

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#8
October 24, 2015 at 11:01:36
You may have "added" your own drivers, but rest assured that the OS didn't use them. It used drivers for the emulated hardware. Try a native install on the hardware before being so sure that you have all the appropriate drivers.

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#9
October 24, 2015 at 11:03:47
Doing so as we speak lol

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#10
October 24, 2015 at 20:41:15
I agree that Windows 8 was a bad set of ideas put together in a patched up way. I would recommend Upgrading it to Windows 10 which is a MUCH better operating system than Windows 8 (from a user interface stand point).
If you must do a downgrade do not go further than Windows 7 on modern hardware. Windows 7 is a very proven system that is also based on the NT platform that 2000 was based on and it has much better security and for now at least, MS is still offering updates for it which also helps with security.

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#11
October 25, 2015 at 05:59:23
Re #9

So what happened?

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#12
October 25, 2015 at 07:04:33
if you run a VM why would you need a wifi driver?? you r host system is taking care of the connection to the VM Ethernet adapter!
I run all versions of windows (including DOS) and a number of Linux distros on a VM and all use the host wifi adapter

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#13
October 27, 2015 at 06:50:06
Installed on my system (not VM) everything seems to work, USB works Intel HD graphics works suprizingly ... Only need WiFi driver. and not botherd about USB 3.0 port and SD adapter

Took a few installs to solve some issues I ran into like disable HT in the bios and disabling secure boot and all that malarkey
So so far so good!

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