How to Install Windows 2000 in Hyper-V

In this article, we will examine how to set up Windows 2000 Pro on a new virtual machine using Microsoft’s HyperV virtualization software on the Windows 10 64 Bit operating system.

How to Install Windows 2000 in Hyper-V

How to Run Windows 2000 on Windows 10 using Hyper-V

Windows NT 5.0, which started to be developed after Microsoft’s 9x versions, was named Windows 2000 on February 17, 2000, and released.

Supporting x86 (32 Bit) architecture, Windows 2000 was developed for both desktop computers and business computers. This system offers better ease of use, enhanced USB connections support, Internet Explorer 5, hardware support, Media Player, improved energy management, and system security and stability over Windows 98.

With the full support of Windows 2000, APM, and ACPI technologies, it is an operating system suitable for use on laptops as well. It also supports VPN (Virtual Private Network) and IPSec (Internet Protocol Security) technologies to access remote corporate networks, facilitate remote work, and transfer files more securely.

Microsoft discontinued the Windows 2000 system, which it had developed as a transition to Windows NT 5.0, on July 13, 2010. Therefore, installing an old operating system on a physical and up-to-date computer causes both unsupported programs and security vulnerabilities of the system.

Therefore, you can install, run and experience this system, whose support has been terminated, on a virtual machine using one of the Hyper-V, VMware, or VirtualBox programs.

How to Create a New Virtual Machine for Windows 2000

When you decide to install this old system of Windows with Hyper-V, you must configure the network adapter and virtual disk settings according to the old hardware. VHDX virtual disk type is supported for Windows 8 and later systems, but you can still install with this disk type. However, installing on a VHD disk is recommended for system stability.

   Step 1

First, you need to create an External Switch to include the virtual machine in your local network. With this adapter, you can get an automatic IP address from the DHCP server in your local network.

Open the Virtual Switch Manager from the Actions section and select the External type while the New Virtual Network Switch option is selected, and then click the Create Virtual Switch button.

Creating a New External Switch

   Step 2

After creating the External Switch, select the network adapter of your host computer from the External Network section and confirm the changes after clicking OK.

Choosing External Adapter

   Step 3

For Windows 2000 virtual PC, you need to create a fixed size virtual disk with VHD type. If you configure the size of the virtual disk as a Fixed Size in old systems, you will ensure that the system works more stable and performance.

Click Action / New / Hard Disk in the Hyper-V Manager tool menu and open the wizard.

Creating a New Hard Disk

   Step 4

You can create one of the VHD, VHDX, and VHDS virtual disk types on your physical disk in the virtual disk creation wizard.

Virtual Hard Disk Wizard

   Step 5

After clicking Next in the previous window, select the VHD disk type in the Choose Disk Format window.

Selecting the VHD Disk Type

   Step 6

You can set the size of the virtual disk you want to create as fixed-size or dynamically expanding. With dynamically expanding disk type, the disk space required by the VM will automatically increase during the process, which can reduce performance on older systems. So, check Fixed Size and click Next to create a 2GB fixed size virtual disk.

Configuring Virtual Disk as Fixed Size

   Step 7

Change the name of the virtual disk and store the disk storage location to the location where you will install the VM.

Specifying the Location of the Virtual HDD

   Step 8

Specify the size of the virtual hard disk as 2 GB and continue.

Configuring Virtual HDD Size

   Step 9

After checking the settings you have made in the summary window of the virtual HDD, click Finish.

Closing a Virtual Disk's Summary Window

   Step 10

Now, click Action / New / Virtual Machine from the tool menu to create a new virtual machine in Hyper-V.

Creating a New Virtual Machine

   Step 11

When the virtual computer creation wizard opens, click Next to prepare a manual VM.

Choosing Manual VM Creation

   Step 12

After typing the name of the operating system, tick the relevant option to store the VM on an external storage device and specify the location via the Browse button.

Configuring the Virtual Machine Name and Installation Location

   Step 13

Since Windows 2000 supports BIOS-based firmware type, select Generation 1 in the Generation window and continue.

Generation 1

   Step 14

Configure the dynamic memory size for the virtual machine as 1024 MB (1 GB) and click Next.

Configuring Virtual Memory Size

   Step 15

In the network settings window, leave the connection type as Not Connected and click Next.

Configuring the VM's Network Settings

   Step 16

To add the virtual hard disk with the VHD extension you created to the VM, check the Use an existing virtual hard disk option and then specify the location of the VHD disk.

Use an Existing Virtual Hard Disk

   Step 17

Check the changes you have made in the summary window showing the settings of the virtual computer and close the window.

Closing the VM's Summary Window

   Step 18

After creating the virtual machine, it will appear in the Virtual Machines section. Right-click on the VM and open the Settings window and select the existing Network Adapter and click the Remove button and confirm the operation.

Deleting an Existing Network Adapter

   Step 19

Since Windows 2000 is an older operating system, you need to add a legacy-equipped network adapter. Select Add Hardware, and then select Legacy Network Adapter from the hardware listed on the right and click the Add button.

Legacy Network Adapter

   Step 20

After adding the Legacy Network Adapter, select the Virtual Switch setting as External.

Changing Virtual Switch

   Step 21

Finally, click DVD Drive and select Image File to add a Windows 2000 ISO file to the virtual machine. Specify the location of the ISO file you downloaded to your computer from this link via Browse.

Adding a Windows 2000 ISO File to a Virtual Machine

   Step 22

After adding the ISO file to the virtual machine, right-click on it and click Connect, and then start the Windows installation.

Running the Virtual Computer

How to Install Windows 2000

After preparing and running the Windows 2000 virtual computer, you can now install Windows as if you were installing it on the physical computer.

   Step 1

At the Windows 2000 Professional Setup screen, you can click Enter to start the installation immediately, R to repair your system, or F3 to exit setup.

Windows 2000 Professional Setup

   Step 2

You can go to the next page by pressing PAGE DOWN to read all the content in the Windows 2000 license agreement. If you want to exit without accepting the license agreement, you can press ESC.

Press F8 to read and accept the Windows license terms and continue.

Accepting the Windows License Agreement

   Step 3

Press the C key to create a new partition on the virtual HDD you have added to the virtual machine, or you can press Enter to automatically create a new partition and start the installation.

Configuring Unallocated Disk Space

   Step 4

If you have chosen to create a new partition on the disk, the disk space will be created automatically by the wizard. If you confirm to use all the disk space created, press Enter.

Editing Partition Size

   Step 5

The drive letter of the first partition created will be C. To install Windows 2000 on the C drive, press Enter on it.

Installing Windows on C Drive

   Step 6

Format and prepare the virtual disk partition using the NTFS file system.

Formatting Virtual Disk with NTFS File System

   Step 7

Wait while the setup wizard formats the virtual disk.

Formatting the Disk

   Step 8

After the disk is formatted, the wizard will start copying the system files of Windows.

Copying Windows Files

   Step 9

After the wizard has copied the Windows 2000 system files, press Enter to restart the VM.

Restarting the Virtual PC

   Step 10

Wait while your virtual system restarts. The installation will continue when the system boots up.

Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Built on NT Technology

   Step 11

In the Windows 2000 Setup Wizard, click Next to let the wizard gather information about the hardware.

Windows 2000 Setup Wizard

   Step 12

Wait while Setup detects and installs devices on your virtual computer.

Identifying Hardware on Virtual PC

   Step 13

After collecting the necessary information for the Guest operating system, select your system display language and keyboard layout according to the country you live in the Regional Settings window.

Configuring Region and Keyboard Layout Settings

   Step 14

Type a new username for your virtual system’s user account.

Typing a Username

   Step 15

Type your 25-character Windows 2000 Professional product key and click Next.

Windows 2000 Pro Product Key

   Step 16

Type your computer name and create a new password for the admin account and continue.

Typing a Computer Name

   Step 17

Configure the time and date settings of the guest machine according to the location you live in.

Configuring Date and Time Settings

   Step 18

Wait while the wizard installs the necessary network software for your virtual machine to communicate with other computers, connect it to the local network and the Internet.

Windows is Installing Networking Components

   Step 19

Select Typical Settings for the network settings of the virtual machine and continue.

Typical Network Settings

   Step 20

If you are going to use the VM in a domain environment, select the option below and type the domain name. If you are going to use the VM in a Workgroup environment, select No.

Workgroup or Domain Settings

   Step 21

Wait while setting up Windows 2000 components. This process may take some time depending on the performance of your host.

Installing System Components

   Step 22

Wait while the wizard configures start menu items, registry components, and deletes temporary files.

Performing Final Settings

   Step 23

After completing the Windows 2000 setup wizard, remove the ISO file from the VM and click Finish.

Closing the Setup Wizard

   Step 24

When your virtual system restarts, click Next when the Network Identification Wizard window opens.

Network Identification Wizard

   Step 25

Type the credentials of the user who will log on to this computer and continue.

Creating Password for User Account

   Step 26

After completing the network identification wizard, click Finish.

Closing the Network Wizard

   Step 27

After making the necessary settings, the Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional desktop environment will open.

Windows 2000 Professional Desktop

How to Test Internet Connection

After installing Windows 2000 with Hyper-V, you need to check that you can access the local network and the Internet in the VM.

   Step 1

Open Run by pressing Windows Key + R and type CMD and click OK to open the command prompt and test your connection by pinging Google servers by executing the ping 8.8.8.8 command.

Checking Internet Connection with Ping

   Step 2

Now that you can access the Internet, open Internet Explorer and when the Internet connection wizard opens, select the I am connecting via LAN option and click Next.

Internet Connection Wizard

   Step 3

In the window asking how you connect to the Internet, tick the option “I’m connecting via LAN again” and continue.

I'm Connecting to the Internet over LAN

   Step 4

Configure the proxy setting automatically and click Next.

Enabling Automatic Discovery of Proxy Server

   Step 5

Check the No option to skip creating an Internet mail account.

Internet Mail Account

   Step 6

After completing the Internet connection wizard, click Finish.

Closing the Internet Wizard

   Step 7

Check your connection by visiting the Google search engine with Internet Explorer.

Visiting the Homepage of the Google Search Engine with Internet Explorer

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