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Last Versions of Software for Windows 2000

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On 4/28/2016 at 5:56 AM, blackwingcat said:

Java 6 support is till Dec 2018, isn't it ?

Of course! :yes:

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What version of Tor Browser runs on plain vanilla W2k?

After trying, v6.0.3 and v6.0.2 don't. Their installer accepts to run on plain standard W2ksp4r1, but the application stops because Kernel32.dll doesn't suffice. Candidates for KernelEx?

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FreeCad v0.15 and LibreCad 2.0.7 don't. Their installer accepts to run on plain standard W2ksp4r1, but the application stops because Kernel32.dll doesn't suffice.
Though, their source is available, so recompiling for W2k may be possible; I tried only the binary distribution for Windows. Candidates for KernelEx?

QCad is a partly free 2D Cad simpler to learn than most competitors. Available as open source, so recompiling for W2k may be possible; I tried only the free binary distribution for Windows, but non-free Win binary distributions exist too. v1.5.1 runs on W2k (and on 64b Seven too) while v3.9.3 fails to run after install: "not a valid Win32 app".

TurboCad v9.2 runs on W2k. It was cheap, now the editor is closed. Decently capable and simple 2D Cad with "3D extensions", which uses to mean that 3D is clumsy.

XnView v2.32 runs on W2k. I tried only the simpler version, as the more complete one targets real photo enthusiasts and has huge menus and tunings.

RunAsDate v1.05 and v1.40 run on W2k.

RegFromApp v1.15 runs on W2k (but not on W95b).

Vilma Registry Explorer v1.6.0 runs on W2k (but not on W95b). It's a better Regedit, faster, easier.

Alternate stream v1.51 runs on W2k and many more - as usual with Nirsoft.

CCleaner v3.28 runs on W2k while v4.12 doesn't. That's consistent with the editor's claims of v3 for W2k and with the installer's messages - kudos.

GnuPG's latest v2.3.2 and v2.1.14 run on W2k - these have binary distributions for Windows. The source code is available, so compiling other versions for W2k may be possible.

GnuMeric is a free spreadsheet compatible with Excel with better menus for diagrams. v1.12.17 runs on W2k and is the latest binary distributed for Windows (201406) by the authors, alas. It's also the best version: keeps old bugs but adds nice features. Compiling more recent ones must be possible.

BaKoMa is a complete and not very expensive distribution of LaTeX for Win. v9.05 runs on W2k and is said to be the latest. Apparently it needs a disk volume where Win is not.

MuPDF displays Pdf documents damned fast but does nothing else - not even text search nor jump to page. v1.7a runs on W2k while v0.7 fails (in that order, I confirm). SumatraPDF adds menus to the MuPDF viewer. v3.0 fails on W2k after installing, (latest v2) v2.5.2 refuses to install, (latest v1) v1.9 refuses too, and (latest v0) v0.9.4 runs but is slower than Foxit on old documents scanned as pictures.

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Has anyone found a location to download dooble 1.4.0? That is probably the best web browser for vanilla w2k out there...

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Here are some C compilers, possibly C++, chosen to be simple to install and use, not necessarily with an IDE nor producing executables with a GUI. In other words, you type a Thing.c with a text editor, call Compile Thing.c in Command.com to get a Thing.exe which you run in Command.com to get a few precious numbers on your scren.

Borland Cpp v5.5 is free and runs on W2k. The binary is about 5x faster on simple integer operations than the competitors I tried, but Microsoft is 3x faster than Borland - bad sign for the competitors and for the ability of a Core 2 to run unoptimized x86 code.

Digital Mars C/C++ v8.57c runs on W2k.

Tdm-Gcc is not exactly GnuCC. v5.1.0.3 runs on W2k. I believe it offers an IDE, and for sure, its gcc.exe can work without.

OpenWatcom C/C++ v1.90 runs on W2k. This one has an IDE.

Orange C/C++ v5.73.1 fails to run on W2k after an alleged successful installation.

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GhostScript is needed by GSview. Both v9.05 and the latest v9.19, from 2012 and 2016, install and run properly since GSview runs. v9.05 is contemporary to the latest GSview v5.0, giving me more confidence.

GSview is needed by some Latex editors to display Postscript .ps and .eps files. The latest v5.0 install and runs properly, or at least it displays nicely the files I have.

GSview would also display .pdf files but is slower than Foxit and Sumatra. Some users report worries with GSview and Foxit as they lock the displayed file, preventing the Latex compiler to update it, and suggest Sumatra's behaviour fits this better.

Postscript Viewer too displays postscript .ps files, and its latest v1.2 installs and runs on W2k. Though, it just converts the file to Pdf and calls the pdf viewer, and the conversion isn't fast: 1.5s for 350ko on an E8600.

The nice news is that Sumatra displays Postscript files too. It's faster than GSview and Postscript Viewer, the display is as good, and Sumatra can search a string in the displayed document and jump to a page. Free, no splash window neither.

Sumatra is known as a Pdf viewer. In v1+ it outpaces GSview and even Foxit a bit. It displays noisy jpg better than they do.

  • v1.1 installs and runs on W2k without helping it.
  • v1.51 is the latest that installs and runs if you add Gdiplus.dll in the installer's folder. My Gdiplus is v5.1.3102.1360, beware different versions meant for different applications seem uncompatible. Deinstalling needs to run uninstall.exe from the executable's folder (add/suppress programs doesn't work) with a Gdiplus.dll added there.
  • v1.6 is the latest that installs and runs if adding Gdiplus.dll AND if refusing the Pdf search extension at install - or neglect the installer's error message.
  • v1.7 fails to install and I didn't try to paste on W2k an installation made on Xp.
  • Portable (zip) v3.12, v2.52, v1.9, v1.7 pasted in the executable folder fail to run. That is, the same that fail as an installer (exe).

Foxit is a Pdf viewer that avoids Acrobat. v4.31 installs and runs, v5.4.5.0124 fails to install.

Aspell comprises dictionaries (just lists of words for spell check) for many languages and a separate engine. Unsurprisingly, v0.50 installs and runs on W2k. I've found no installer for a more recent engine. Delete the Tmp folder between the languages.

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