Can unofficial support make Windows 2000 2013 ready?
Posted 17 December 2012 - 08:46 PM
Right now there are many BIOS based machines still on sale, so in my opinion we should grab them as fast as we can to keep the Win2K (and WinXP) legacy alive.
But I have one more concern, will unofficial support be able to handle the software from 2013 and later and make it compatible with Windows 2000?
Or are we doomed to "upgrading" to a more bloated OS?
Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:04 AM
Those types of systems do exist. I ran into a tablet a couple months ago that did not have the legacy BIOS on it, only UEFI 2.3.1. Of course, I wouldn't expect you'd want to install Windows 2000 on it tho.
Here it is, the CZC U116T:
Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:18 AM
Besides what you expect people to actually want , it would not be possible most likely (and besides the issues with UEFI) because of the lack of drivers compatible with 2K or XP.
Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:53 AM
Having a UEFI BIOS and using UEFI boot are two different things. Most UEFI boards now support a legacy booting method. If you are using UEFI boot, then your Primary HDD would be in GPT mode. Is it?
Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:34 AM
Disk Management should have a mention of GPT, otherwise you can tell with Diskpart if so inclined.
As far as UEFI boot, it would be a setting in the BIOS, usually on the Boot page.