I have prepared an archive of Windows 2000 related files. All official and unofficial updates, current/old/test versions of Update Rollup 2 and Unofficial Updates Rollup and many other packages are available there. In case of the official updates, they normally can be downloaded directly from Microsoft. However, recently MS has started to remove some of the older content from their servers, including many Windows 2000 packages. Just in case I have uploaded everything to an alternative location. The official updates can be downloaded in all supported language versions. Hotfixes by request are available there too.
Windows 2000 Archive
Test versions are available in Archive. PLEASE be very careful when installing them. I strongly recommend testing them on a virtual machine first.
At the moment there are no test versions of USP5.2 available yet. The only test versions available are a merged installer for .NET Framework (all versions) and test versions of UURollup. Test versions are divided into two categories:
1) Daily - these are versions containing all latest changes. They are uploaded as soon as the changes have been added which means that they have been not very thoroughly tested and may be buggy. You should be very cautious when using them. The purpose of them is testing, not installing and using on your real system! "Daily" does not mean that they are always released every day. They may be released very often but may not if there is nothing to change at the moment.
2) Weekly - these versions are released once a week, usually on Saturday/Sunday. They contain all changes from previous daily versions which have been proved non-buggy and stable. They still require additional testing so you should take this into account when using them but are much safer to use than daily versions. As in case of the former, if there have been no changes done during the week then no new weekly version will be released on that weekend.
When a weekly version has been rigorously tested and no problems occurred during the process it becomes the next stable release. Stable versions are going to be released on every last weekend of each month which means that unless there are critical issues discovered there will be no more than one stable version released each month. As already stated before, if there have been no changes done then no new stable version will be released.
Everyone probably knows about the USP5 made by Gurgelmeyer at the turn of years 2005 and 2006. He managed to merge hundreds of updates and hotfixes and add them to the existing official SP4, therefore creating USP5. Gurgelmeyer was devoted to the project and kept updating it regularly but he also suffered from health problems and eventually disappeared around summer 2006 (it is unknown what exactly happened to him...). No one was able to take up the project as Gurgelmeyer did not share the tools he was using for merging SFXCAB archives (M$ updates & hotfixes). Around 2008 there was an attempt by Kelsenellenelvian to create a new version of the USP5 but unfortunately it had to be abandoned. No other person tried to anything with the USP after that.
Up to now I have managed to create many different packages including unofficial single updates, update rollups and others. The biggest problem with Windows 2000 updates is that there are too many of them. I tried to reduce the number of required files as much as possible but even after merging so many updates there are still many others left. There is a borderline that cannot be crossed without preparing a Service Pack which offers more freedom in including and integrating files than update rollups. This is the reason I decided to try go on with the USP5 and prepare a new updated version of it. It is the only way to merge absolutely everything into one package which could be either installed manually or integrated into Windows 2000 source simply using the "/integrate" switch.
By everything I mean the following components:
- all official security updates
- all official hotfixes (HBRs)
- all unofficial updates
- MS Visual C++ (2005, 2008, 2010)
- MDAC 2.8 SP2
- DirectX 9.0c (June 2010)
- .NET Frameworks (from 1.0 to 4.0)
- other tools like msconfig, TweakUI, etc
Until USP5.2 is finished I recommend using UURollup, Update Rollup 2, addons and single updates which are listed on my website.
Edited by tomasz86, 16 November 2013 - 06:19 AM.