How to Install Windows 2000 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

In this article, we will examine how to install Windows 2000 step by step using the Oracle VM VirtualBox virtualization program on Windows PC.

How to Install Windows 2000 in VirtualBox on Windows 10

How to Setup Windows 2000 in Oracle VM on Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 2000 was released on February 17, 2000 to the Windows NT 4.0 as an update.

It was not an update for Windows 98 or Windows 98 SE.. In addition, the Win2000 OS came in 4 different versions. These are;

  • Win 2000 Professional
  • Win 2000 Server
  • Win 2000 Advanced Server
  • Win 2000 Datacenter

Windows 2000 Professional edition was developed for Desktop and Laptop computers for personal use. Because Win 2000 is an older operating system, it is no longer used today. In addition, on June 13, 2010, Microsoft finalized Windows 2000 OS support.

What is the aim of running Windows 2000 on a computer? There is no reason to install the Win 2000 operating system for the physical computer because a non-supported OS can get you in trouble all the time.

So if you want to use it, you can install and use by using such as VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion virtualization programs.

In our previous articles, we installed Microsoft Win 2000 Professional operating system with VMware VM software. You can access this article from the link below;

In this article, we will install the MS Win 2000 operating system with Oracle VM VirtualBox step by step, and finally, we will install Win 2000 guest additions.

NOTE: You can also install Microsoft Win2000 on the Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0.4 by following the procedures in this article.

How to Install Windows 2000 in Virtual Machine

First, download the Windows 2000 ISO file to your computer by clicking the button at the bottom of the article, and then follow the steps below to install it on the virtual machine step by step.

   Step 1

First, run the Oracle VM VirtualBox program and click on the New button as shown below to create a new VM.

Oracle VM VirtualBox Virtual Machine Panel

   Step 2

Type a name for the operating system you are going to run, select the operating system in the Version section, and click on the Next button.

Creating a New Virtual Machine

   Step 3

Set the 1 GB (1024) RAM size for the VM. 1 GB of RAM for this VM will suffice. Continue the Win2000 installation by clicking on the Next button.

Configuring RAM

   Step 4

To create a virtual hard disk for the VM, select Create a virtual hard disk now and click the Create button.

Create a virtual hard disk now

   Step 5

Select VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) as the hard disk file type and click Next button.

VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)

   Step 6

Configuring the virtual disk as Fixed Size increases VM performance. For this reason, configure the virtual HDD of VM as Fixed Size and click Next.

Storaging Virtual Disk on Physical Disk

   Step 7

Storing the virtual hard disk on a different HDD will also increase the performance of the virtual machine. So, store the virtual hard disk in a different location and click on the Next button after specifying 4 GB for the disk size.

Specifying Virtual Machine Location and Size

   Step 8

Creating a virtual hard disk for virtual machine…

Creating Virtual HDD in VirtualBox

   Step 9

After creating the HDD for Virtual machine, click the Right button / Settings on the virtual machine to add the ISO image to the virtual machine.

Windows 2000 Settings

   Step 10

In the left pane of virtual machine settings, click Storage and then Empty. Then, when you click the CD/DVD symbol in the right pane, click Choose Virtual Optical Disk File.

Adding ISO File to Windows 2000 VM

   Step 11

After adding the MS Win2000 ISO image to the virtual machine, close the settings window.

Adding ISO File to VM

   Step 12

Run the Win2000 virtual machine.

Starting Windows 2000 Virtual Machine

   Step 13

Setup is starting to install Win2000…

Windows 2000 Setup

   Step 14

Press Enter to continue the installation.

Windows 2000 Professional Setup

   Step 15

Press F8 to accept the Win2000 operating system license agreement.

Accepting Windows 2000 License Agreement

   Step 16

Press C = Create Partition to configure the virtual disk you created for the virtual machine.

Unpartitioned Space

   Step 17

Press Enter to configure the default reserved size.

Creating Partition of Size

   Step 18

Continue by pressing Enter to install on the C drive.


   Step 19

Press Enter on the option below to format the virtual disk.

Formatting the Partition using the NTFS File System

   Step 20

Setup is formatting hard disk…

Formatting the Partition

   Step 21

Setup is copying files…

Setup is Coyping Files

   Step 22

Press Enter to restart the virtual machine.

Your Computer will Reboot in 9 Seconds

   Step 23

Win2000 virtual machine is starting…

Windows 2000 Professional Built on NT Technology

   Step 24

In the Setup Wizard window, click Next.

Welcome to the Windows 2000 Setup Wizard

   Step 25

Wait while the setup configures the hardware drivers and other configurations.

Installing Devices

   Step 26

Configure your region and operating system language settings in this window and click Next to continue with the installation.

Regional Settings

   Step 27

Type your username and click Next.

Personelize Your Software

   Step 28

Type the computer name. And if you want to assign administrator password, please set a password in Administrator Password. Afterward, click on the Next button.

Computer Name and Administrator Password

   Step 29

Configure your date and time settings and click Next.

Date and Time Settings

   Step 30

Configure the Win2000 VM network settings as Typical Setting and click on the Next button.

Networking Settings

   Step 31

If the operating system is on a network, specify the Domain Controller or Workgroup and click on the Next button to continue.

Workgroup or Computer Domain

   Step 32

Setup is installing Win2000 components…

Installing Components

   Step 33

Setup is completing the final tasks…

Performing Final Tasks

   Step 34

After the installation is completed, click Finish in the Wizard window to restart the virtual computer.

Completing the Windows 2000 Setup Wizard

   Step 35

Windows 2000 virtual machine restarting…

Starting Up...

   Step 36

Preparing network connections…

Preparing Network Adapter

   Step 37

Click Next in the Network Identification Wizard window.

Network Identification Wizard

   Step 38

Type your username in the window below and click Next.

Users of This Computer

   Step 39

Click the Finish button to close the Windows Wizard window.

Completing the Network Identification Wizard

   Step 40

After you have successfully installed the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system, you must install the Guest Additions.

Windows 2000 Professional

How to Install Guest Additions in Windows 2000 Virtual Machine

To install guest additions on Windows 2000 operating system, follow these simple procedures.

   Step 1

From the Windows 2000 VM, click on Devices / Insert Guest Additions CD image.

Insert Guest Additions CD image

   Step 2

In the VM Guest Additions installation wizard, click Next to continue.

Welcome to the Oracle VM VirtualBox Guest Additions

   Step 3

Leave the installation location by default and click the Next button.

Choose Install Location

   Step 4

Click on the Install button to start the Guest Additions to Win 2000 VM.

Choose Components

   Step 5

If you encounter a Digital Signature Not Found warning, close this window by clicking on the Yes button.

Digital Signature Not Found

   Step 6

Restart the Windows virtual machine for the changes to take effect.

Reboot Now

   Step 7

After the installation is complete, you can learn or review the version of the operating system you have installed in System Properties.

System Properties

How to Install Windows 2000 Step by Step  ⇒ Video

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   Final Word

In this article, we have installed Microsoft Windows 2000 using the Oracle VM VBox virtualization program on Windows 10 PC/Laptop. And we have installed the guest additions required for the VM. Thanks for following us!

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   Download Windows 2000 ISO for VirtualBox

Click the button below to download the Windows 2000 ISO file for VirtualBox.

Download Operating System


  1. Avatar for Nick Lopardo Nick Lopardo 17 June 2020

    Windows 2000 is asking for a product key wich is not provided what should I do. Thank you.

  2. Avatar for Piggie Piggie 8 July 2020

    change last 3 digits of the setupp.ini in the iso to 270 instead of 000 then your machine will bypass the product key


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