How to Install Windows 2000 on VMware Workstation 17

In this article, we will examine how to set up and run Windows 2000 on a new virtual machine using VMware Workstation 17 Pro on Windows 10 64 Bit operating system.

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Microsoft released the Windows 2000 operating system on February 17, 2020, for personal, laptop and server computers.

Originally Windows 2000 was originally called NT 5.0, but this name was changed to 2000 on October 27, 1998. Also, another common name is Windows 2K. The Windows 2000 system, which was the predecessor of NT 4.0, was fundamentally reliable but received a lot of criticism for having more than 63,000 flaws in this system.

The development of Windows 2000 was more geared towards corporate business computers and offered a more secure Internet connection compared to Windows 95 and 98.

Key features of the Windows 2000 operating system include FAT16, FAT32, NTFS file system, EFS, directory service, DFS, ASR, and RAID. In addition, services such as RAS, VPN, RADIUS, IIS, Active Directory, and RIS have been developed for data communication.

Additionally, Windows 2000 is the first Microsoft system to include the Guest account, which includes user accounts and restrictions on accessing the system for other users.

Users who want to use the Win200 system, whose support was terminated on July 13, 2010, can now install it on a computer with old hardware. If this is not possible, they can run this old operating system on their physical computers using virtualization software such as VMware Workstation.

How to Create a New Virtual Machine for Windows 2000

If you want to experience using the Windows 2000 system, you don’t need an old PC. After installing the VMware program on your computer with the virtualization feature, you can create a new virtual machine and use this operating system on your host virtually.

In order to install Windows 2000 with VMware, you must have the ISO image file of the system. Or if you have a physical CD/DVD installation media, you can also install it. However, download the image file from this link to your computer, as installing the ISO file on the virtual computer will provide more performance.

Step 1

After installing the VMware 17 Pro software on your computer, run it and click Create a New Virtual Machine from the options on the program’s homepage.

Then, when the VM wizard opens as in the image below, select the Custom (Advanced) option and click the Next button.

Creating a Custom Virtual Machine

Step 2

By default, Workstation 17.x is selected in the VMware hardware compatibility window because the latest version of the virtualization program is installed on your system. If you are using an old VMware version, you will see the hardware version of that version here.

Change the hardware version to Workstation 10.x so that you can run the Windows 200 system completely correctly, and then click Next.

Changing Virtual Hardware Compatibility to 10.x

Step 3

If you have a CD/DVD installation media as we mentioned above, you should continue with the Installer Disc option in this window. However, since you downloaded the ISO file to your computer, select I will install the operating system later in this step and click Next.

I Will Install the Operating System Later

Step 4

In the Guest operating system selection window, you must first select the manufacturer and then the version of the system you will install. Therefore, tick Microsoft in Guest Operating System and select Windows 2000 Professional version in Version.

Choosing the Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional System

Step 5

In this window, you can change the name of the virtual machine you will install, and you can also select the location to install it via the Browse button. If you have an old computer, since installing the VM on an external SSD disk will be convenient for both performance and data security, change the location and click Next to continue.

Or if you have a more recent computer and your disk is SSD or NVMe, you can choose to install your virtual system on the host disk.

Configuring the Virtual Machine Name and Location

Step 6

In the processor configuration window, configure 1 processor and 1 core number for the Windows 2000 system. If you configure more CPU/Core values, the VM may not run properly.

Configuring the Number of Virtual Processors

Step 7

Configure 1 GB RAM size in the memory setting window for the virtual machine and click Next.

Determining Virtual Memory Size

Step 8

Select NAT for the network adapter of the virtual PC on Workstation Pro and click Next.

NAT Adapter Type

Step 9

In the I/O Controller types window, select BusLogic for more efficient operation of the virtual disk and click Next.

BusLogic I/O Type

Step 10

Select the type of virtual disk as SCSI and continue with Next.

SCSI Disk Type

Step 11

Since you will be installing a clean Windows 2000 system, select the Create a New Virtual Disk option in the Select a Disk window. If you have a disk backup that you have installed before, you can add an existing disk in this window.

Creating a New Virtual Disk

Step 12

Adjust the capacity of the virtual disk according to the operations you will perform on the system and the applications you will use. Here you can choose the recommended disk size for Windows 2000, 8GB, or specify a higher size. Also, store the virtual disk as a single file on your host or external HDD.

Sizing a Virtual Disk and Backup as a Single File Type

Step 13

In the disk file specify window, you can change the name and location of your virtual disk but continue with the default configuration.

Windows 2000 Pro.vmdk

Step 14

Click the Customize Hardware button in the window containing the summary information of the settings you have configured for the virtual machine.

Customizing Hardware

Step 15

After clicking on the Processors device, enable the virtualization feature by ticking all the options in the Virtualization Engine section.

  • Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI
  • Virtualize CPU Performance Counters

Enabling the Virtualization Feature

Step 16

To add the Windows 2000 ISO file to the CD/DVD device, click the Browse button after enabling the Use ISO Image File option. Select the ISO image file you downloaded to your computer and click the Open button.

Adding a Windows 2000 ISO File to a Virtual Machine

Step 17

In order to use your USB devices in your virtual system, select the 2.0 compatibility type from the USB Controller device settings.

Selecting the USB 2.0 Controller

Step 18

For the Display setting, enable the 3D Graphics feature and do not change the display scaling setting.

Enabling 3D Graphics Acceleration

Step 19

After preparing the virtual machine, close the summary window and proceed to the installation steps.

Closing the Virtual Machine Wizard

Step 20

Click Power on this virtual machine to run the Windows 2000 Professional virtual machine.

Running a Windows 2000 Virtual Computer

How to Install Windows 2000

After you prepare the Windows 2000 virtual machine, when you run it, the system will boot from the ISO image file you added to the VM. When you see the installation wizard, you can now start the installation without any problems.

Step 1

Wait for a while when the Windows 2000 Setup screen opens as in the image below.

Windows 2000 Setup

Step 2

On the Welcome screen, you can switch to the relevant screen by pressing the R key to repair your system. In this article, press the Enter key as we will install the Win2000 system from scratch.

Resuming Windows Installation

Step 3

Accept the Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional license agreement on your virtual computer.

Accepting the Windows 2000 Professional License Agreement

Step 4

Here you can see the size you assigned to the virtual disk in the steps to prepare the virtual PC. Press C to create a new Partition on the disk.

Creating a New Partition on a Virtual Disk

Step 5

Press Enter to accept the automatically set value for the virtual disk.

Confirming Partition Size

Step 6

After creating the C partition on the disk, press Enter to start the installation.

Installing Windows on C Drive

Step 7

Press Enter on the “Format the partition using NTFS file system” option to configure and format the file format of the disk as NTFS.

Format Partition Using NTFS File System

Step 8

Wait while the setup wizard formats the disk. This will take very little time on the VM, but on a physical computer it may take some time.

Formatting the Disk

Step 9

Wait while the setup wizard copies the Windows 2K system files to disk.

Setup Copying System Files

Step 10

Your virtual computer will restart after the time specified by the timer has elapsed, but press Enter to manually reboot your system.

Computer Will Reboot In 10 Seconds

Step 11

Wait while your Windows 2K virtual system boots up.

Starting Windows

Step 12

Wait while Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional (Built on NT Technology) starts up.

Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional | Built on NT Technology

Step 13

It is reported that some information about your virtual computer will be collected for installation when the Win2K setup wizard opens, so click Next to continue.

Windows 2K Setup Wizard

Step 14

Wait while the setup wizard installs the drivers for your virtual PC devices such as the keyboard and mouse. At this step, the screen of your virtual PC may flicker, so do not turn off your system.

Loading Devices

Step 15

Configure the region and location of your system according to where you live and click Next.

Regional Settings of the System

Step 16

Type a user account name for your virtual system and continue.

Creating a Username

Step 17

Enter the product key of the Windows 2000 Professional operating system correctly and click Next.

Entering the Windows 2000 Product Key

Step 18

In this window, type a computer name and also set an administrator password for your system.

Creating a Virtual Computer Name

Step 19

Configure the date and time settings of your virtual system according to the country and location you live in.

Date and Time Settings

Step 20

Wait while Windows installs the system and network components.

Network Settings

Step 21

Configure the network settings to Typical for Windows 2000 and continue.

Typical Network Settings

Step 22

If you are using the Active Directory service on a server in your network structure, you can add your virtual system to the domain environment. Otherwise, configure WORKGROUP for default local network settings.

WORKGROUP Network Environment

Step 23

Wait while the setup wizard configures your system’s start menu items, registry components, and other settings.

Configuring Start Menu Items and Recent Settings

Step 24

After successfully installing the Windows system, click Finish to close the window. In this step, your virtual PC will restart.

Closing the Setup Wizard

Step 25

Wait while Win2000 Pro starts up.

Preparing the Windows Desktop Environment

Step 26

Click Next when the Network Identification wizard opens.

Network Identification Wizard

Step 27

If you are going to use only one user account on your system by default, you can assign a password to your user account in this window. You can also set password enforcement at users login to restrict use by unauthorized persons.

Computer Users

Step 28

After configuring the network and login settings, click Finish.

Closing the Network Identification Wizard

Step 29

When your Windows 2K operating system starts, you will see the first desktop screen as in the image below.

Windows 2K Desktop Environment

Step 30

After right-clicking on My Computer, click Properties from the listed options and check the system information.

Checking System Information

How to Install VMware Tools

After successfully installing the Windows 2K system on a new virtual machine until this step, you need to install VMware Tools to fix problems such as screen resolution.

Thanks to VMware Tools, you can use your virtual system running in your VM more efficiently and performance.

Step 1

First, right-click on My Computer, then open Properties / Hardware / Device Manager and check for drivers not installed on your VM.

Checking for Uninstalled Drivers in Device Manager

Step 2

Click VM / Install VMware Tools in Workstation Pro’s menu.

VMware Tools Installation

Step 3

If you get the following error while trying to open the VMware Tools wizard, you need to install the KB835732 update on your system. You can find the KB835732 update in the Win2K ISO file you downloaded to your computer.

Microsoft Runtime DLLs cannot be installed on this operating system. 
Please see Microsoft KB835732 for details.

Microsoft Runtime DLLs Error

Step 4

Add the KB835732 ISO file to the CD/DVD device of the virtual machine.

Adding Windows 2000 KB835732 ISO File to VM

Step 5

Open My Computer and copy the EXE file in the image file to the desktop location.

Copying EXE File to Desktop

Step 6

To install the Win2000 KB835732 update, open the setup file and click Next in the setup wizard.

KB835732 Setup Wizard

Step 7

Accept the license agreement of the Windows KB835732 update and click Next.

Accepting the Update's License Agreement

Step 8

Wait while the setup wizard is updating your system and do not turn off your system.

Copying Update Files

Step 9

After completing the installation, click Finish and restart your system.

Closing the Wizard and Restarting the System

Step 10

When you start the VMware Tools installation again, this time continue with Next when the installation wizard opens.

Restarting the VMware Tools Wizard

Step 11

Select Complete as the installation type and continue.

Selecting the Complete Type

Step 12

Finally, click the Install button to start the installation of the virtual machine tools.

Starting Installing Virtual Computer Drivers

Step 13

Finally, click the Install button to start the installation of the virtual machine tools.

Installing Video Driver

Step 14

After completing the VM Tools installation, click Finish and after closing the window, restart your virtual system and ensure the settings are active.

Restarting the Virtual PC

Step 15

When you view Device Manager again after your system boots up, you can see that all drivers are installed.

Checking Hardware in Device Manager

Step 16

When you want to use your Windows guest machine in full-screen mode, click View / Full Screen from the tool menu and check that the resolution of the VM is adapted to the screen of your host PC.

Using the VM in Fullscreen Mode

Step 17

At the same time, simply drag and drop any of your files to quickly transfer files from your host system to your guest’s virtual system.

Drag and Drop Test

How to Configure the Internet Connection

Another thing you will do on your virtual computer is to check the network and Internet connection. After you set the internet connection settings, you can easily access services such as Google.

Step 1

First, open the Run agent from the Start Menu and type CMD in the text box, and press Enter. After opening the CMD command prompt, check that you can access Google servers with the ping command.

Pinging Google Servers

Step 2

If your internet connection is working, when you click on the Internet Explorer browser, the Internet Connection Wizard will open. In this window, select I connect to the Internet via LAN option and click Next.

Configuring the Internet Connection

Step 3

Select the LAN connection setting again and click Next.

I Connect to the Internet Via LAN

Step 4

Enable automatic discovery of proxy servers and continue.

Automatic Proxy Server Discovery

Step 5

If you want to set up an Internet Mail account, you can select Yes and make the necessary settings. Here, select No to configure the mail account later and click Next.

Bypassing Adding a Mail Account

Step 6

After configuring the Internet connection settings, click Finish to close the window.

Completing the Internet Connection Wizard

Step 7

When the Internet Explorer browser automatically opens, visit the Google website and check your connection.

Visiting Google Website with Internet Explorer

How to Configure Shared Folder

By activating the Shared Folder feature on your virtual computer, you can transfer files between the host and the VM more easily.

Step 1

Click VM / Settings to enable Shared Folder on Win2000 VM.

Opening Virtual PC Settings

Step 2

In the Virtual Machine Settings window, click Options and then select the Shared Folders feature.

Enable the Folder Sharing setting on the right and check the relevant option to use the shared folder as a network drive and click the Add button to select a shared folder on the host.

When the Shared Folder wizard opens, click Next to continue.

Enable Shared Folder

Step 3

Select and select a folder on your host via the Browse button.

Creating Share Folder on Host

Step 4

Enable public folder sharing in this window and click Finish.

Share Folder Permissions

Step 5

Click My Network Places and you can see that the operation is successful when you try to access the shared folder on the host as in the image below.

Shared Folder Test

Step 6

Also, to use the public folder as a network drive, click Map Network Drive on My Computer, and then add the Shared Folder location via Browse to the Folder section.

Map a Shared Folder

How to Use USB Flash Memory

Using a Flash Memory or Portable Hard Disk using the USB connection port on Windows 2000 is possible without driver installation.

Step 1

After plugging your USB flash drive into the host’s USB port, the New USB Device Detected window will open on VMware. In this window, first, enable the Connect to the host option and click OK.

Create a folder called Backup in your USB memory on your host system.

Using USB Flash Drive in VM

Step 2

To connect your USB disk to the VM, click VM / Removable Devices / Name of your USB / Connect from the Workstation tool menu.

Attaching the USB Stick to the VM

Step 3

The drivers for your USB flash memory will be automatically installed by the system. When you check Device Manager, you can see that KINGSTON DataTraveler 3.0 USB Device is active.

Checking Flash Disk in Device Manager

How to Check Direct3D

After installing your Win2K system on the virtual PC, you should be able to play games outside of your work or use applications that require 3D acceleration.

If you had selected a higher virtual hardware compatibility value instead of 10.x when creating the VM, Direct3D Acceleration would not be enabled on your virtual system and would appear Disabled.

To check if the Direct3D feature is enabled on your system, press the Windows + R keys together, and then type and run the “dxdiag” command in the window that opens.

To check if the Direct3D feature is enabled on your system, press the Windows + R keys together, and then type and run the “dxdiag” command in the window that opens.

Direct3D Control

How to Delete the VM

If you no longer want to run your Win2K guest machine on your host PC, we recommend deleting all VM files completely to save disk space.

Right-click on your guest machine from the left panel of Workstation Pro and click Manage / Delete From Disk. In the warning window that opens, click Yes to confirm the deletion of all files of your virtual system.

Completely Deleting Win2000 VM from Host


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