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Best VM to run on WIN2000

January 12, 2021 at 11:52:24
Specs: Windows 10
I have a legacy system controlled by WIN2000. I have to replace workstation(s) but still need to run WIN2000 to drive the system. What is the best Virtual Machine that will run on WIN10 (new workstations) and seamlessly support WIN2000 to control the legacy system? I need to achieve total operator / user experience of (original) Win2000. Humongous Thanks!

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January 13, 2021 at 08:42:46
Any virtual machine should run Windows 2000. But, if this is important to your business, you should ideally go for one that has commercial support. This would mean VMWare or Hyper-V but, unfortunately, Windows 2000 is not listed as a supported guest OS for either of these.

VirtualBox does list Windows 2000 as a supported guest.

My experience is that Windows 2000 works on all of these VMs. So you have to decide whether you want a commercially supported VM or a VM that supports Windows 2000; it doesn't seem to be possible to have both.

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January 13, 2021 at 09:45:50
Thank You ijack. It's quite a dilemma since the legacy system has a strategic business requirement until it is decommissioned in 2035. System connectivity and control was designed around WIN 2000 Server. The operator workstations have to be replaced soon due to motherboard failures. It's kind of amusing to approach a vendor and request 50 new workstations loaded with WIN2000.

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January 13, 2021 at 11:00:44
I can't resist asking... Why 2035? And how will it be enforced?

-- Jeff, in Minnepolis

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January 13, 2021 at 11:19:35
Good question Jeff. I don't know at this point.

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January 13, 2021 at 16:35:33
Maybe avoiding the 2k38 bug?

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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January 13, 2021 at 18:16:59
Thanks T-R-A; I'm not familiar with the 2K38 bug, but I will include this as an aside in my next conference call. Thanks again.

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