This informative piece will guide you to successfully run Windows 2000 on a new virtual machine utilizing the highly efficient Oracle VM VirtualBox virtualization program. With our easy-to-follow instructions, you’ll be up and running quickly!
Microsoft first released the Windows 2000 operating system to companies at the end of December 1999 and then released it for general use on February 17, 2000.
Windows 2000 or Win2K was developed for offices, workstations, and servers and is a highly stable NT core operating system version that is easy to use by general users. Service Pack 4 (5.0.2195.6717) is the last release, and extended support ended in July 2010.
It is not an operating system developed for users in general, but after the failure of the previous system, it started to attract available users as well.
Unlike the Windows 9x series running on DOS, the NT series started to attract a lot of attention from users with its high stability. Since then, Windows 2000 Professional, released for both workstations and clients, replaced Windows Me and subsequently led to the development of Windows XP SP1.
You can install and experience the Windows 2000 SP4 operating system on the virtual machine using the VirtualBox program by following this video or the steps below.
Step 1: First, download the ISO file of the Windows 2000 operating system from this link or a source on the Internet to your computer.
Step 2: After running the Oracle software, click the New button on its menu or shortcut tools and start the VM creation wizard.
Step 3: In the Name and Operating System window, type Windows2000 in the Name field and change the installation location in Machine Folder if you want to store the VM in a different place.
Step 4: In the Memory Size window, set a suitable RAM value for the Windows 2000 virtual machine according to the RAM capacity of your physical computer. Set a 4 GB RAM size as the minimum RAM value and continue.
Step 5: In the Hard Disk window, you must create a new virtual disk for the Windows 2000 virtual computer. Since the Create a virtual hard disk option is selected by default, continue directly with Next in this step. If you have a guest machine installed before, you can add your virtual disk file with the option to add an existing virtual HDD.
Step 6: Select the VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) option in the Hard Disk File Type window. VHD, one of the other disk types in this window, is a virtual disk file used by Microsoft. VMDK, on the other hand, is the type of virtual disk used by other virtualization software such as VMware Workstation. Since the VDI disk type is the most suitable option for Oracle VM VirtualBox software, it is helpful to choose it.
Step 7: In the File Location and Size window, you can change the location where the virtual hard disk device will be stored. If you want to keep the virtual disk in a different place, click on the folder icon and select the folder you created on your physical computer. Finally, configure the capacity of the Win2K virtual disk to 4 GB.
Step 8: After creating the Windows 2000 virtual computer, click Settings to add the Windows ISO installation media to the guest machine and to make other virtual hardware settings.
Step 9: In the General / Advanced window, set the Shared Clipboard and Drag and Drop options to Bidirectional to enable file sharing between the virtual machine and the host physical computer.
Step 10: Set the first boot device as an Optical drive in the System / Motherboard window and turn off the Floppy device.
Step 11: If you want to configure more than one virtual processor number for Win2K virtual computer, enable I/O APIC on Motherboard hardware and configure this value as four virtual CPUs in the System / Processor tab.
Step 12: In the Display / Screen settings, enable the Acceleration option to better render 3D graphics in the VM and configure the Video Memory value as 128 MB.
Step 13: After making sure that the I/O Cache feature of the IDE controller is enabled in the storage settings, set the WindowsVista.vdi virtual disk file as SSD (Solid-State Drive) and finally click on Empty and then the DVD icon to add the Windows ISO file to the VM and click the image file. Add.
Step 14: After preparing the Windows 2000 virtual PC, click the Start button and start the installation.
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