How to Install Windows 2000 using VMware Workstation

This article shows how to set up Windows 2000 Professional SP4 on a new virtual machine using VMware Workstation 16 Pro on Windows 10.

Microsoft released the Windows 2000 operating system, designed primarily for businesses, on February 17, 2000.

Windows 2000, aka Windows 2K, has new features such as better hardware scanning, easier Internet connection, multitasking capability, Firewire, USB devices, and support for wireless devices.

Released shortly from Windows XP, Windows 2000 is designed for corporate businesses and home users.

Since the release of this version, Microsoft has received a lot of criticism for multiple vulnerabilities in the system.

Although Windows 2000 is not used today, it may be used on some older machines. Therefore, you need a physical PC or a virtual machine program to use this system.

You can use VMware Workstation Pro as virtual machine software. Thus, you can watch this video or follow the steps below to install the Windows 2000 Pro version on the virtual machine on your Windows 10 computer.

Step 1: First, to run a virtual computer on your Windows 10 computer, follow the steps in this article to install the VMware software.

Step 2: After installing the Workstation software on your system, download the Windows 2000 ISO file used in this video tutorial from the link below.

Step 3: Run the VMware virtualization program after downloading the Microsoft 2000 ISO file to your computer.

Step 4: When you start Workstation 16 Pro, click Create a New Virtual Machine from the options on the first screen.

Step 5: In the New Virtual Machine Wizard window, to configure the virtual computer with more detailed settings, select Custom (Advanced) and click Next.

Step 6: In the VMware VM compatibility window, select the version of Workstation (16.x) installed on your system and then click the Next button.

Step 7: In the Guest operating system selection window, select I will install the operating system later and continue.

Step 8: Select “Windows 2000” for the second version in the Guest Operating System window and click Next.

Step 9: In the Name and Platform window, type a name for Win2000 and choose a location on your external hard drive for the installation location or use the default location.

Step 10: In the Firmware Type window, select BIOS for Win2000 and continue.

Step 11: In the Processor window, set 1 processor and two core counts for the Win2000 virtual machine and continue.

Step 12: Select and configure the 2 GB RAM size for Win2000 in the Memory window.

Step 13: In the Network Type window, select the NAT type to use a different IP block than your host’s IP block and continue.

Step 14: For the I/O Controller, select the paravirtualized SCSI disk controller and click Next.

Step 15: Select the IDE disk in the Select a Disk Type window and click Next.

Step 16: In the Select a Disk window, select Create a New Virtual Disk and click Next to create a new disk for a clean system configuration.

Step 17: In the Specify Disk Capacity window, configure the virtual disk size for Win2000 to store the VM files as a single file type on your host and continue.

Step 18: After creating a new machine for Win2000, add the ISO file you downloaded to your computer and virtual device.

Step 19: After starting your virtual computer by clicking the Power on this virtual machine button, click Enter when the Setup screen opens and start the installation.

Step 20: After installing the Windows 2000 system, click on VM / Install VMware Tools from the menu. Click Next in the installation wizard and then select the installation type as Complete to install VM Tools and restart your VM for the changes to take effect. If you get the KB835732 error during the installation process, download the relevant Windows update, rerun the VM Tools wizard after installing it, and install it.

Step 21: After installing VMware Tools, you can transfer files between your host and your VM and use the host’s hardware on your virtual device.

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