Windoze 2000

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Bo Peep, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. Bo Peep

    Bo Peep Guest

    any ideas folks where i can get a legal version of Windows 2000 and
    or/windows 2000 upgrade cdrom with key please? I know that there are some on
    FleaBay. I need one for a school we are linked with in Africa to upgrade a
    computer to w2k from win98. XP is out of the question because of the low
    specs of the machine!!!

    Thanks 4 ideas.
    Bo Peep, Apr 23, 2006
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    Gaz Guest

    ROFL, Intellectual Property Rights in Africa. Just use a copy, nobody pays
    for legit software outside of the West, even in some Western Countries,
    copyright is barely enforced. In Africa, copyright is not enforced at all.

    Gaz, Apr 23, 2006
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    Colin Wilson Guest

    Thanks 4 ideas.

    A free linux distrib ?
    Colin Wilson, Apr 23, 2006
  4. Bo Peep

    Bo Peep Guest

    my lad prefers Linux!
    No - it HAS to be legit.
    Bo Peep, Apr 23, 2006
  5. Bo Peep

    Bo Peep Guest

    got a free licence now form freshstart for donated computers from Microsoft.
    Would like a cdrom to play with here at home to mirror the setup that i
    want/need down there. Thanks BP.
    Bo Peep, Apr 23, 2006
  6. Bo Peep

    Paul D.Smith Guest

    Watch eBay. You can get legitimate copies but they'll cost you about
    £60.00. You need one with the COA to be totally legitimate.

    BTW, how slow was the machine? XP is not much slower that Win2K if you turn
    off all the crappy features and turn the desktop back into "Classic" mode.

    Paul DS.
    Paul D.Smith, Apr 24, 2006
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    Roger Hunt Guest

    Is your email address valid? (mine is not)
    I have something legit here that may be of interest but would rather
    discuss off-group.

    Roger Hunt, Apr 24, 2006
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    J C Guest

    You can simply switch all visual effects off (from system properties) & you
    might as well turn of system restore on all drives as it usually doesn't
    work in even the simplest case
    J C, Apr 25, 2006
  9. Bo Peep

    Paul D.Smith Guest

    For WinNT/2K/XP the more memory the better but even with 128MB you can run
    all 3 and a couple of applications. The problem is that MS Office (for
    example) is a memory hungry <expletive deleted> and you'll find you swap to
    disk more with more memory.

    Using the Win2K disk defragmenter regularly, making sure your swap file is
    set so that Min/Max sizes are the same and also using the Page defragmenter will keep the system running

    And as Dorothy said, turn off all those useless "enhancements" on the

    Paul DS
    Paul D.Smith, Apr 25, 2006
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    Gaz Guest

    Really? While it could be more rebust, a regular, automatic store point is
    an excellent feature, and it alone puts it head and shoulders above w2k. At
    least I know, if I come to a w2k machine with a corrupt registry, it is
    invariably a wipe and start again, with xp, a system restore is a lifeline.

    Manual recovery of the sam, security, software and system hives are a doddle
    (ish), and can get virtually all none booting systems up and running.

    I have had an insane number of corrupt registry machines these last ten days
    (must be a dodgy windows update), which without restore would have been only
    recoverable by wiping and starting again.

    System restore has its failings, but if you know what you are doing, the
    very regular registry backup is a god send.

    Gaz, Apr 25, 2006
  11. You need ERUNT.
    Odd. I keep up to date and have had no problems. Registry issues are
    usually caused by dodgy hardware or not shutting down properly.
    Mike Tomlinson, Apr 25, 2006
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    Gaz Guest

    Well, it depends if you have teenage children, who download every p2p
    software, and click on every popup. In this scanrio, a screwed up registry
    is matter of when not if.

    The hassle is more to do with the profile of the users. W2k is limited
    largely to business users, home users will rarely if ever use w2k, xp is
    mass market home machine, designed to be easy to use. Sp2 wraps up a lot of
    security issues.
    Not much cop for a home user wanting to play games and use usb peripherials
    as standard though.

    W2k is now a viable platform for home use, but only because the success of
    XP as resulted in the xp/w2k becoming the standard compatibility platform
    for drivers, peripherals and software.

    Gaz, Apr 26, 2006
  13. Bo Peep

    Gaz Guest

    If you know you need Erunt, you wouldnt need someone to fix your computer.
    Because W2k doesnt do this automatically, by the time you realise you need
    it, it is to late.

    I usually get one or two a month, I have had about six or seven in the last
    couple of weeks, three of them on the same day, all independent of each
    other, and all with the same failure (corrupt system hive).

    Gaz, Apr 26, 2006
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    J C Guest

    J C, Apr 26, 2006
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    Gaz Guest

    Gaz, Apr 26, 2006
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    J C Guest

    J C, Apr 26, 2006
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    Gaz Guest

    But are your w2k machines man handled by teenagers downloading all kind of

    Gaz, Apr 26, 2006
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    J C Guest

    Just noticed this (above) 0! I thought you were talking about W2K machines?
    If not it's even more interesting as I have a great deal more XP machines
    all set to undate themselves and none of those has suffered a corrupt
    registry recently.
    No, but you seemed to be saying that there was a problem with some? of the
    recent hotfixes.
    Obviously in that enviroment without proper precautions you're almost
    inevitably going to get at the very least some corruption of the system
    hive. A reboot from a ghosted image is the best way IMO to deal with that
    sort of user anyway (every few weeks if necessary)
    J C, Apr 26, 2006
  19. Bo Peep

    Paul D.Smith Guest

    0. But that isnt the point, I would say the proportion of systems i deal
    Just to make the point that Win2K was never the "baseline" O/S for a PC so
    is unlikely to be used in many schools, and never in a home unless the owner
    is a techie. By comparison, I work in a company with zero Win95/98/98SE
    boxes. We bought OS2 v3, then WinNT 3.51 then 4.0 then Win2K and now XP Pro
    as our O/S on new machines.

    For the "real world" (come on gamers, get a life ;-) ), Win2K was
    head-and-shoulders above Win95/98/98SE, had USB missing from WinNT (shame on
    you M$) and is nowhere near as bloated as XP. I type this on my Win2K
    machine which runs 24/7 (as does my NT machine at home) and never skips a

    As to dodgy downloads, I doubt you'll find any O/S safe against those.
    Question is, why is your system so insecure that you allow such things? If
    these are your kids, give them the install disks and let them repair the
    damage. A week of no internet access whilst they rebuild the PC will teach
    them quite a lesson :).

    Paul DS.
    Paul D.Smith, Apr 27, 2006
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    Gaz Guest

    I do not allow such things, those I carry out repairs for do. Pays the
    mortgage, and feeds me..............

    Gaz, Apr 27, 2006
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