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very very awesome piece of work

98se user here building a 2k system for the first time

four quick thoughts by way of offering feedback from a totally clueless 2k noob, and nLite noob

how clueless!! as in what are all these unmovable god-thingies called "share violations" ... there are hundreds of them! strewn all over my HDD! hard-coded sector-addressed "shares" with other resourcees (i.e. foreign powers?) that come into my HDD not by the usual front door of file services API, but by direct sector address! QUA!? These shares (owned by?) pretend to refer to zerobyte files and folders that were deleted ... so I still have a dos-98se mindset which is the process of getting bent. delete used to mean delete, not share, by littering my hdd freespeace with permanent unmovable back doors owned by ?? ... sorry ... for rant ... bad case of virgin frustration!! share has a whole new meaning

First aha-moment ... of course, I need to mention how amazing and helpful the whole guide is ... but the screenshot tutorial on your mediafire age, W2K_Guide_Screenshots.7z, was a key aha-piece for me. It's key to understanding the "Fire up nLite" section of guide.

2nd aha-moment apparently the unnattended control thread is, the "most important" RunOnce commands that get pasted into the text box of nLite's unattended settings page, becomes the nLite.cmd. nLite.cmd gets called by Windows' default unattended file, winnt.sif, which is found in the i386 folder. ... nLite.cmd calls the batch files. I don't know where nLite.ini gets called, but it's where nLite writes the list of installed updates to the registry (and more?) Of course you already know that ... just a noob sharing his aha-moment.

so, a two noob type questions come up ... related to the tailend parts of your 2K guide.

is there anyway I can run the nLite setup.exe from an existing system?
a local distribution share ... I have no idea what any of those three words mean!
basically, install another new system onto a second physical hdd?
-- from C: on HDD1, on IDE0, with existing 2k, or 98se system
-- install fresh system to D: new HDD2 on IDE1
-- swap HDDs, and boot from the new install?
basically just bypassing burn a cd, to test driver installs in real world

what I DO know about distribution shares is that I tried setting one up with with setupmgr.exe (in cd, support, tools, deploy, or something like that) and it destroyed my hdd -- share violations all over the place!! been hacking since dos 2.0 only to find out I don't know how to delete a file!!

the unattend.doc file in the cd, support, tools, deploy folder suggests that some degree of formatting control can be offered.

One thing that's not mentioned in your guide is to what physical device are we installing to ... does it have to be a naked unformatted hdd, which is the only hdd in the system during install, or, can it be a partitioned hdd, pre-formatted FAT32 and ready to go?

I'd like to keep my 2k system partition as small as possible (because of my ignorance about what a "share" is, and Bill's apparent propensity to maximally strew HIS share violations all over all available space of MY system hdd. I'd like to preformat it FAT32 with large clusters. Can I modify the winnt.sif to do that, or allow that, or give me ability to choose the target partition (call it a unattended-after partition selection)

can I have nLite create a slipstreamed source, use it to boot and launch setup from cd, to install to a hdd with a preformatted primary, and then transfer control to a formatted logical parition behind it, which has a copy of the nLite'd source as well as all the other progams to install? what happens if the RunOnce nLite.cmd sets variable %I to logical partition D, thus running the RunOnce installs from a logical partition.

a second thought ... I'm suspicious that Bill's complementary indexing services also causes explorer to litter up hdds with HIS share violations. Many of the share violations (which are locked down sectors on the hdd that the MS defrag API refuses to move) are created by the Open Office install. If the OO install is running faster than Bill's complementary indexing service can datamine the temporary .txt and .doc files, then that could cause Bill's explorer to create these crazy zerobyte unmovable fixitudes. In your default win2000sp5 nLite file, I suggest turning off indexing services. You are right to NOT set 48bit LBA, because rollover problems happen when a system is opened up to 48bit lba, and it is running on top of a bios that is 28bit LBA.

also, I am learning the hard way that 2k wasn't designed to, and does not like to, be run from an administrator account. I guessing here, but ... when Bill creates a share violation (every backdoor entry into a hdd is a violation ... when it comes to hdds, everybody should come through the front door only) under a guest account by rapid creation and deletion of files and dirs, then a logon as admin might clear them. if they occur during an admin session, the only way to clear them (IF ANY can be found aside from reformat and rebuild) is a reboot to safemode.

is there anything else that your 2L-nLite install could do to keep these amazing rascals off the hdd?

by now, I'm way off subject ... as usual ... sorry for the rants ... HUGE KUDDOS for the amazing and helpful guilde ... it REALLY made a difference in me getting my bootstraps up.

Thanks!!!


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Molecule:

I don't know where those "share violations" you've encountered would have come from, I've never encountered them in my testing (mostly in VM's but also on some real machines).

The "Last Session.ini" file doesn't get written to the registry or anything like that. It's main purpose is troubleshooting and/or so you can simply reload it rather than re-entering all your settings.

I know that there are projects that allow you to install Windows from a USB stick (mainly useful for netbooks), although I haven't tried them myself:
http://www.msfn.org/...omusb-with-gui/

Your hard drive doesn't have to be in any particular configuration, the install CD includes a basic partitioning tool that allows you to create and delete partitions and choose which partition to install to. However you shouldn't change the HDD order after installing as that will confuse the bootloader.

You can install to a FAT32 partition but I don't recommend it (pure data storage could be FAT32) as using the file access permissions under NTFS and running as a limited user will defeat 92% of known attack vectors (the guide I've written in the CD root directory gives tips on running as a limited user).

I personally allocate 32GB as a boot partition and the rest of my storage as data (on my XP x64 system, almost half of that is still free), if you're not intending to install much additional software you might get away with as little as 16GB. Note that you can right click on the "My Documents" folder under Windows Explorer and have it point to a folder on your data partition or disk.

Yes, in theory you could do the RunOnce installs from a separate partition on the hard drive, as the search for Run1_W2K.bat doesn't care if it's on a CD or a HDD (I haven't tried it though), just make sure that the folder layout is the same and pull any card reader before installing (an empty card reader will cause an invalid drive error and halt the drive search) .

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thank you! Kurt_Aust

that's an awesome guide to installation -- great work!

I'm coming from 98se. It's still the greatest (haha) but 2K is starting to look pertty cool. I have a hard time findnig answers to my stupid questions about groups and users. (who do I ask to get permission to be a guest in my own house? ... the system? haha! says the system! tricked you!)

the philosophical conflicts between "sharing" a hdd, and "owning" it, are hard for an older person like me to learn

suddenly there are files I can't delete, and even a simple program install is complex and unexplained. Your guide was a help.

Basically ... setup a named manager account in the admin group, and install manager applications from there. (leave the first logon administrator account created by windows alone, with only core programs from the MS install. during one install, I found out it doesn't like a name change.)

Then set up a user account in the admin group, and install daily user applications from there. Then change daily user to a restricted group.

Then use the Grant Access batches if the daily user needs to go higher.

I haven't got a clue how to share my printer and scanner between manager and daily user. I guess, if I install under daily user, then they will be available to manager if I need them from there?

---

two quick questions re the amazing collection of cab files at WinAddons

just to be sure, the cabs from winaddons are slipstreamed into the new source from the same page on nLite with the sequential MS patches?

insert them at the end? since that would be chronological?

the nLite page is titled "Hotfixes, Add-ons and Update Packs" it comes right after the Service Pack page?

that means the winaddon cabs are commingled with the microsoft exe's for patch-KBxxxxxx etc -- they could even be put in the hotfix subfolder and added by ctrl+a

it just seems weird -- thought I'd ask

If that's the case, your webpage uses the same word "addon" with two meanings ...

there are the AddOn exe/msi installs that come in through RunOnce. They are strored in the RunOnce dir, and get called by the batch files, which are launched from nLite.cmd that named under [Gui RunOnce] in winnt.sif

and there are the Add-on cab files from winaddons. These get slipstreamed in with the "Hotfixes," and are "integrated" into the nLite source and become available to the system before the GUI-batch phases of setup.

For example, I like your idea of directly slipstreaming 7-zip from a winaddon cab. It's such a basic utility and that makes it available during the batch phase.

Also, just curious ... any chance you might know if winaddon cabs can be slipstreamed with HFSLIP as well? What HFSLIP folder would they go in? Folder assignments are the main flaw of HFSLIP ... mainly because they are so critical and quirky, but really unexplained as to why.

HFSLIP is still under beta development with 2K specifically in mind, which is fantastic! nLite was sort of focused on XP from the start, as regards details and tweaks within winnt.sif anyway.

I can confirm that the switch format=* in winnt.sif will install 2K to a 5G FAT formatted primary partition without repartitioning the rest drive.

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HFSLIP uses folder called HFAAO for Addons that come in .CAB format.

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For files that you can't delete, sometimes errors in the ACLs (Access Control List) creep in during installation, try issuing the command "chkdsk c: /x" replying "y " and rebooting, more often than not that will clear such things up.

I just setup two accounts when doing a W2K install, the base Administrator account and a user account, imaginatively called "User". Unlike Windows XP there isn't anything particularly special about the "Administrator" account under Windows 2000. For reference here's my "Last Session_U.ini"

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; nLite private info
; (don't post it on the net, it's not important for debugging)

[Personal]
TimeZone = (GMT+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
CDKey = ""
ComputerName =
Organization = W2Ksp5
Language = English (Australia)
Locale = English (Australia)
Location = 7
Keyboard = US
DomainAdmin =
DomainPass =
Expirepassword = 0
JoinDomain =
JoinWorkgroup = Kitsune
Owner = Fred

[Users]
Administrator|||True|Administrators|giberish|False|False|True
Guest|||False|Guests||True|False|False
User|||True|Guest||False|False|True


Any printer or scanner you install should be available to all users.


Yes, the *.cab files from winaddons.com are added at the same page in nLite as the Microsoft hotfixes. Technically they are not in fact slipstreamed, rather they are run as unattended installers at T-13 (along with certain hotfixes). On the CD you can find them at \I386\svcpack, note that they are run in the order that they are listed in nLite, you might notice in my "Last Session.ini" file I have put a leading letter to force them into a set order (most of the time this won't matter though). Another good source is the RyanVM forums.

Mind you some programs don't like being executed at T-13, for instance the K-Lite Mega Codec pack wants DirectX 9c installed first.

In my guide I put all the (standard/default) official Microsoft installers (and Adobe Flash player for I.E.) at \RunOnce and all optional third party installers (and Microsoft Silverlight) at AddOns, it's a simple way of spliting software into core operating system and optional (although often very useful) classes.

In some ways HFslip is more powerful than nLite, for instance it can slipstream WMP9 and DirectX 9c into Windows 2000, however it's not exactly user friendly.

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thanks for the detail response

I was just going to compile adding the kLite pack standard from a winaddon cab without DX9 -- caught it just in time

I'm trying a switch to Dx9cstandard (37.8 meg) since my video hardware is older ...

(is the gaming edition more efficient when using older video cards with smaller, slower memory -- Matrox G400 already overloaded at 1280x1024x16b)

also trying kLite standard ... it has the 123 classic player as well ... just a few fewer codecs

that's a very awesome tutorial you have been maintaining ... very well done. It's encouraging for a noob 2K builder like me to have something to follow

your batches don't mention the Kels Multi or Uber packs but you recommend them ... they are rar's ... are they inserted in the nlite Hotfixes page with the winaddon cabs? (between service pack and drivers)

comments below are sequential through your 2 batch files --- any thoughts one way or another appreciated

batch 1

-- I'm adding the switch for nobackup to the patches ... thus for example ...

%Source%RunOnce\Windows2000-KB973904-x86-ENU.exe /passive /norestart /nobackup

(I'm going to be like a worm ... just go forward ... I might go slow, and I might go in the wrong direction, but I just go forward ...)

-- any reason to install Daemon Tools in 2-parts ... tutorial (or batch rem) might mention that part-1 assumes that 7-zip is already installed (via winaddon cab? or batch line) or that the virtual scsi driver SPTDinst...etc was DL'd seprately and is in /AddOns

-- re VMware drivers ... it also requires 7-zip as a preinstall
in the text of the tutorial, you suggest that VMware file "Windows.iso" is found in %ProgramFiles%\VMware\VMware Server\Windows.iso

do I install VMware on the temporary 2K machine I'm using to build a source? and that's when the file "Windows.iso" is created, which I then copy to /AddOns?

Is helpful that VMware Tools is installed when VMware is installed later (or is tools vmware itself)?

Also, do I install both server and client for vmware, or if just one, which one?

I found VMware-server-installer-1.0.10-203137.exe (154,356,888) and
VMware-server-win32-client-1.0.10-203137.zip (22,265,894) containing
- VMware-console-1.0.10-203137.exe (10,207,160)
- VMware-VixSDK-1.0.10-203137.exe (4,896,768)
- VMware-VmCOMAPI-1.0.10-203137.exe (3,963,448)
- VMware-VmPerlAPI-1.0.10-203137.exe (6,981,208)

KB923191 with no /norestart switch forces reboot ... I'm adding a /nobackup switch there as well

reboot to batch 2

-- I've added /nobackup switches to the Dx9c installs

where I add the nobackup switch, I've pretested all of the installer exe's for the option using /? eg. windows-KBxxxxxx_x86.exe /?

-- pretty cool how nLite adds drivers!! it'll be awesome if it works

I've got an old ASUS CUV4x PIII coppermine 512 meg with VIA682x chipsets, north and south. They have a "4-in-1" driver set for 2K ... but 2K installs without them and has no yellow flags in Device Manager. Any thoughts? ... leave well enough alone - if it ain't broke don't fix it etc -- or try the mobo drivers? with 98se, I installed them ... but 2k came later

-- re the flash and shockwave plugins -- I'm going to try installing Firefox and Thunderbird as winaddon cabs by Rado354, will setup install them before the batch runs the plugins, so the plugins can find them?

-- THANKS for turning me on to Libre Office!! I didn't know about that. They are more focused on Wordperfect integration ... meaning they might also develop a plugin for reveal codes. To me trying to control a style format with without being able to see the codes is ... well it's like trying to code a html without being able to see the code ... except that as output devices printers are totally unforgiving compared to a monitor and a browser.

here's a link that may interest some people ... it's free product now ... very nice product if you have MS Office ... large legal offices see immediate improvement in secretarial productivity and accuracy when typographers are allowed to see the code that sets up each style setting.

Cross-Eyes -- Reveal Codes plugin available for Microsoft Word -- now free (http://www.levitjame.../CrossEyes.aspx)

-- love the Gimp!

-- would it be ok to install Dx9 in batch 1, and put it through a reboot, and then install kLite Codecs in batch 2, since kLite likes the Dx9 installed?

-- there are several updates to MS codec packs for media players 6 and 9, which according to Bristols are required when mp9 is installed. (some audio sites require it I think.)

Bristols' Windows 2000 SP4 Updates List

-- on the Daemon Tools part-2 install, you call a variable %ProgramFiles(x86)%

it' not defined in my system, nor can I find a directory for Toolbar. When I installed Daemon Tools Lite 4.356.0091 I might have done a minimal install and I think it offered to install a google toolbar or something which I declined ... I guess a silent install will install the toolbar? arghhh ... any switches you know of to not even install it? Daemon tools and 7-zip are two core addons for me ...

-- the install for Virtual Box drivers refers to another iso, which like the VMware drivers (tools) I guess is copied from a prior install?

-- I couldn't find MenuReorg.bat in AddOns. I'd like to learn from it.

-- you're using VirtualPC 2007 in 2K. I had installed VirtualPC 2004 in 2K (when I tried to install 2K and gave up a few years ago -- 11 different ilstkeepers, all pros, all had significantly different lists, for the same basic components -- ie6sp1, dx9, mp9, etc.) see Windows Update Listkeepers Compared - 2009

I had read somewhere that the VPC2007 will refuse to install on win2000sp4 (like Defender), but that there is a simple tweak from ORCA that fixes it. ORCA is a part of the Installer SDK. a screenshot from a few years ago follows ...

there's a KB958162 Rollup 1 (24,739,328), and a KB969856 (MS09-033) (214,920) as well for VPC2007

Very helpful 2K tutorial there Kurt_Aust. It's giving me courage and guidance to stick it out and build a 2K system. At my age! I'll probably try a few installs from nLite and may migrate over to HFSLIP -- but has quirky folder assignments that have no rhyme or reason that I can understand, and reportedly it installs files not according to version by according to filedate, which can be download date.

Your choice of options is right on and goes way past hfslip or nlite. Excellent compiliation ... kLite codecs with classicMP, Libre Office, 7-zip, Daemon, VirtualPC, ...

thanks for the copy of lastsession_U.ini Setup didn't like my winnt.sif password the first time I installed 2K, and after about 4 or 5 permutations and combinations I entered 123 and it worked. still learning. nLite gives the option to disable indexing services but it doesn't put a line in the winnt.sif file ... I'm guessing that some of nLite's tweaking options were mainly tested on XP, so to be safe, the 2K options have to be entered by hand.

I'll try your chkdsk ... by random hunt and pick many of the files/dirs that have unmovable status out there in partition freespace are related to OO. MyDefrag is a standalone exe and can be run from a Bart's PE, so I'll try that too.

highest regards!!

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I doubt there'd be all that much difference in performance between the gaming and standard editions of DirectX in your case, as the tweaks in the gaming version are for games that wouldn't run on the ancient hardware you mentioned.

Yes, Kel's pack are added on the hotfix page (it will take addons with .cab .zip .rar and .7z compression).

Daemon tools is installed in 2 parts as the SPTD driver (which requires a reboot) must be installed before the Daemon Tools application can be installed.

You should only install VMware tools on a virtual machine, it won't install on real hardware (it's basically a set of drivers for the virtual machine's "hardware").

You should install VMware server 1.0.10, though note that VM clients take a severe performance hit unless you CPU has hardware based virtualization capabilities (2006 or later CPUs may have it).

The service pack does come with some drivers, especially motherboard and networking drivers, so they were probably already there.

Yes, the browser plugins will find your Mozilla applications.

Um, I currently have it set up to install the K-Lite mega codec pack in batch 2, so I'm not sure what you're asking here. If you mean just changing to the standard version of the pack, I can't see any reason why that wouldn't work.

I suspect the K-Lite pack would have all the updates to the MS codec packs.

Oops, the curse of copy and paste, drop the (x86) bit, the line should be ["%ProgramFiles%\DAEMON Tools Toolbar\uninst.exe" /S]

MenuReorg.bat is in the \Misc folder, move it to the \AddOns folder to use it. It's only a set of move instructions to tidy up the start menu and organise the programs into logical groups.

Actually I'm not using Virtual PC 2007 in Windows 2000, rather I've got VirtualBox, VirtualPC and VMware server on my Windows XP x64 edition desktop (Q9450 Core 2 Quad, 8GB RAM, built 2008) where I do almost all my testing.

I don't recommend installing any of these virtualization programs on an ancient PC as any virtual machine will be too slow to be usable. DOSbox would still be OK if you want to play Doom 2 though.

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August update

Delete RunOnce\dotNetFx_Yumeyao_Jun11.exe and replace it with:

Download from MediaFire dotNetFx_Yumeyao_Aug11.exe (.Net 1.1 SP1 & .Net 2.0 SP2) and save it to \RunOnce (see notes part 4 for other options).
MD5: C98E5E8C5896464557E4130FFB5A0C7E
SHA-1: 9DC0BF9A683642386676FBA86E34EFFDB746A7A8

Added torrent of May 2008 DriverPacks

Edited by Kurt_Aust, 28 August 2011 - 05:08 AM.


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October update

Delete RunOnce\dotNetFx_Yumeyao_Aug11.exe and replace it with:

Download from MediaFire dotNetFx_Yumeyao_Oct11.exe (.Net 1.1 SP1 & .Net 2.0 SP2) and save it to \RunOnce (see notes part 4 for other options).
MD5: 129A382B75EA2DD2508482DEF5ED5EAB
SHA-1: 5D0C2265E7275A4C101F5E31099A244A0412F7FD

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Delayed January-March update

Unfortunately Yumeyao seems to be MiA on the RyanVM forums, so it has been necessary to change to User_Hidden's .Net installers, however as they are designed for XP they're not as efficient but still better than the original installer and patches for size, hence:

Delete RunOnce\dotNetFx_Yumeyao_Oct11.exe and

Download from MediaFire Hotfix_2000sp5_N_date.7z (.Net 1.1 SP1 & .Net 2.0 SP2) and extract it into the same directory that you chose to extract the Config archive into (see notes part 4 for other options).
MD5: 129A382B75EA2DD2508482DEF5ED5EAB
SHA-1: 5D0C2265E7275A4C101F5E31099A244A0412F7FD


Also the latest versions of Adobe flash player don't support Windows 2000, so the last working version has been added to the archives and torrent:

RunOnce\install_flash_player_ax_32bit-11-1-102-55.exe . . . . . . . 3,800,224 Optional, Last version to work on W2K.

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I don't know if it's mentioned anywhere but Gurgelmeyer's USP5 (when slipstreamed) is not compatible with installation from USB where you're using programs such as WinSetupFromUSB (or other similar) to prepare your source.

Edited by tomasz86, 27 March 2012 - 07:43 PM.


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Hey Kurt_Aust,

Have you got any interest in incorporating unofficial updates into your guide too? :unsure:

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April update .Net only

Deleteions:
RunOnce\dotNet11SP1_UH_Mar12.exe
RunOnce\dotNet20SP2_UH_Mar12.exe

Addition:
Download from MediaFire Hotfix_2000sp5_N_date.7z (.Net 1.1 SP1 & .Net 2.0 SP2) and extract it into the same directory that you chose to extract the Config archive into (see notes part 4 for other options).
MD5: 8C237AD6DB5972AA1BF54B06C233287C
SHA-1: 74AB2B17BF908A83EB972C45CBE65B1447F309EF


Tomasz:
Not really, I only include the .Net packs due to the huge space saving they supply on the install media. After all, there are plenty of options out there if someone wants to take a more aggressive stance on keeping Windows 2000 updated, for instance OnePiece's all-in-one solutions or your work.

However I found odd corner cases when using OnePiece's XP solution that I don't get when using User Hidden's more conservative update packs and the risk of something going wrong with Windows 2000 is much greater due to the smaller base using and testing such update packs.

As I see it the primary use for Windows 2000 these days should be on low powered systems isolated from the Internet or as a virtual machine on more recent operating systems where its low system requirements don't impose much of a performance hit (on this point it's a **** shame that VirtualBox doesn't do Win9x).

Edit:
Seriously, is Rhett Butler's final line of "Frankly my dear, I don't give a ****!" still regarded as too shocking for our tender young readers?

Edited by Kurt_Aust, 13 April 2012 - 05:58 PM.


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I see. I asked because there are basically too many options at the moment and people get confused which path to choose :ph34r:

So you're saying that your guide is targeted at people wanting to use W2K on a VM or a PC that's not connected to the Internet, not those using it as their main system. Is it right?

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So you're saying that your guide is targeted at people wanting to use W2K on a VM or a PC that's not connected to the Internet, not those using it as their main system. Is it right?


Not so much targeted at those groups (although with auto installation of VM drivers it's certainly good for that) as rather that as it's no longer officially supported and more and more programs don't run on it without hacks it's inherently unsafe to use as an internet connected main box. Naturally one can diminish the risk greatly by locking the system right down but that reduces it's utility.

A friend of mine bought an iPhone 4S (yes, I know) from a major telco retail store a couple of months ago and was not impressed when I pointed out that the system they entered all her personal and credit card details was running IE6 on W2K.

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@Kurt_Aust, I thought that the purpose of the work of BWC, Wild Bill, and tomasz86 was to try and add back both the security and the utility that you are talking about Win2K losing over the years. Don't you see it that way? And I thought your guide was a pretty general purpose one for anyone who wanted to continue using Win2K for whatever reason. That's why I have been encouraging tomasz86 to get in touch with you to combine your work. Maybe I had misunderstood something along the way.

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I certainly admire their efforts in that regard and of course one can use this guide anyway one sees fit but I for one would not recommend Windows 2000 for front line use these days.

To use the infamous car analogy, if you took a 1930's car that had been sealed away and was in mint condition it wouldn't be as safe to drive as an equivalent brand new model. Sure you could retrofit some things, seat belts shouldn't be too hard for instance, but good luck retrofitting crumple zones. By the way I usually use this analogy to describe why the ****ashima reactor partial meltdown is a poor reason to write off nuclear power.

At one stage I was considering taking an old box and using W2K on it as the basis of a media PC, but 10 minutes down the road they're selling ex-lease Core2 quad machines for $230. At that price it simply isn't worth mucking around with a box from 2003 running W2K that I wouldn't really trust on the internet.

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What is with the censoring on this site, that wasn't even a dirty word, at least not in English.

Edited by Kurt_Aust, 14 April 2012 - 03:11 AM.


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Windows 2000 is not that old :angry:
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May update .Net only

Delete RunOnce\dotNet20SP2_UH_Apr12.exe and

Download from MediaFire Hotfix_2000sp5_N_date.7z (.Net 1.1 SP1 & .Net 2.0 SP2) and extract it into the same directory that you chose to extract the Config archive into (see notes part 4 for other options).
MD5: 1F533A3554563213E71226596A5B0EF9
SHA-1: 8E41C9CE2BCDB2C3130EF7CC133851A4026B4FF7


Also added a security warning to the start of the main post.

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June update

Deletions:
RunOnce\dotNet11SP1_UH_Apr12.exe
RunOnce\dotNet20SP2_UH_May12.exe

Replace: (optional)
Runonce\WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe . 6,761,832

Download from MediaFire Hotfix_2000sp5_N_date.7z (.Net 1.1 SP1 & .Net 2.0 SP2) and extract it into the same directory that you chose to extract the Config archive into (see notes part 4 for other options).
MD5: 24E94B2C94CE2D3A77F95C7A5167CD08
SHA-1: 59CBFBAD1DD1B5FDEFB169C847E9B077F4DC37A3


Unfortunately over the last month Mozilla and Opera have dropped support for Windows 2000 meaning that no current mainstream web browser works properly on Windows 2000.

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Opera still officially supports Win2k...

http://www.opera.com...d/requirements/ (Minimum configuration)

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Officially yes, try running it in a limited account though.

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What do you mean by a limited account? I've just tried it while being logged in as a normal "User" and it seems to work OK. The browser itself is extremely unstable but it's another story...

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That might be due to the unofficial kernel you use, with a standard kernel launching Opera as a member of the Users group brings up the following message box:

Startup error
Opera has failed to access or upgrade your profile. This may have occurred because your computer has insufficient resources available or because some files are locked by other applications. You may have to restart your computer before Opera will start again.
OK

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I did a test using a VM with only official updates installed.

In my opinion what you experience seems to be a bug rather than "dropping support for Windows 2000".




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