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Microsoft Windows 2000
Category: Abandoned Windows systems- client releases

Microsoft released the Windows 2000 operating system in February 2000, allocating it to the workstation and server markets. The system was initially available in four versions - Professional, Server, Advanced Server, Datacenter Server. In 2001, the market was launched with the Advanced Server Limited Edition and Datacenter Server Limited Edition, which was extended with support for 64-bit Intel Itanium microprocessors.


Windows 2000 introduced many new features with Windows 98 and Windows 98 SE, including Windows Desktop Update, Internet Explorer 5, Outlook Express, NetMeeting, FAT32 support, Windows Driver Model, Internet Connection Sharing, Windows Media Player, WebDAVitd support. Some new features are common to all editions of Windows 2000, including the new NTFS 3.0 file system, Microsoft Management Console (MMC), UDF file system support, File System Encryption (EFS), Local disk management, Image Color Management 2.0, PostScript 3 printer support, OpenType (.OTF) and Type 1 PostScript (.PFB) font support. Windows 2000 also introduced USB device class drivers for USB printers, storage devices and improved FireWire SBP-2 support for printers and scanners, along with an applet for secure storage device removal. Windows 2000 is also the first version of Windows to support operating system level hibernation (ACPI S4 sleep state controlled by the operating system). A new feature was introduced to protect critical system files called "Windows File Protection". This feature protects Windows critical files by preventing programs other than Microsoft's operating system update mechanisms, such as Package Installer, Windows Installer and other update components, from modifying them. The System File Controller provides users with the ability to manually scan the integrity of all protected system files and optionally repair them, restoring them from the cache stored in a separate "DLLCACHE" directory or from the original installation media. Windows 2000 also introduced basic system administration and management functions such as Windows Installer, Windows Management Instrumentation and Windows Event Tracking (ETW) to the operating system. With the addition of SP4 to Windows 2000, Automatic Updates were introduced, a solution transferred from Windows Millennium.


This system could have been installed as an operating system upgrade for the home computer, but it did not find recognition in the field of operating systems for non-advanced users. The reasons were quite numerous, the most important being the lack of drivers for popular consumer devices such as printers and scanners. It was advertised as the safest version of Windows. However, this system became a target for highly profiled viruses such as Code Red, Nimda or ILoveYou. Windows 2000 is the latest version of Windows NT, which did not require activation.


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Minimal system requirements:

Free space on disk: 1 GB

CPU: 150-233 MHz

RAM: from 64 to 128 MB

Type of interface:

GUI (graphical)

⦁ Additional informations about files:
BETA versions (developmental, unstable) are marked in gray,
Blue - official system editions,
Green for modifications and additions (if any)

If you have trouble choosing the right version of the system to download, please refer to the markings below:

⦁ OEM- version compatible with previously purchased devices / pre-installed system on a new computer, assigned to a PC motherboard. After damage or replacement of computer parts, your license is lost

⦁ SP- System image contains a package of fixes and updates. The higher the number, the more patches and updates contained in the system. The patches are called "Service Packs".

⦁ RTM- System version released on the day of release, straight from the production line. It does not contribute anything to the operation of the license.

⦁ Retail- sales version of the program.

⦁ [Polski]- Polish language version; [English]- English language version

⦁ x86 or 32-bit - system compatible with 32-bit processor architecture. They do not support 64-bit architecture. They can use up to 4 GB of RAM.

⦁ x64 or 64-bit - System compatible with 64-bit processor architecture. Some systems (older than Vista/7) do not support 32-bit systems

⦁ x86-64- Multi-architecture edition of the program. You can choose it if you do not know what CPU architecture your computer has.

⦁ VL/VolumeLicense- A system preinstalled on company computers, this license allows you to install the same system on multiple computers and use it simultaneously.

⦁ E- System version without Internet Explorer browser.

⦁ N- System version without media programs (Windows Media Center, Media Player)

⦁ Images called: "Home/Ultimate" are actually images that contain all editions: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate

⦁ Multi-SKU: system image with multiple edits to choose from during installation. Multi-Format system

⦁ (chk): system image checked for errors during compilation (debug)

⦁ (alt): alternative system image to be downloaded, not different from the original, it is a copy/reupload

⦁ DMF: system image saved in a floppy disk format

⦁ CD/DVD: system image saved in a format designed for compact discs and DVDs.

⦁ ESD: file from digital or commercial distribution. To use it, it must be converted to an ISO file.

⦁ File preview icon:
                      IMG- floppy disk image. You can use it in a virtual machine, or use a special program to extract files.

                  ISO/MDF- ready to burn to disk, create bootable media or use in a virtual machine. It can also be used in a program to emulate virtual drives and discs.

      7Z, ZIP, RAR- compressed archive. To access the file, use a program to compress the files, e.g: WinRAR, 7-ZIP- please use file archiver program to open it.

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Installation of these images is intended for advanced users. The following systems are published in the BETA (test) version. The installation may be problematic, the system may not work properly. Moreover, BETA versions may be unstable with drivers, programs and operation. They may have unfinished system functions. It is recommended to test the BETA version on a VM. If you have problems with the installation I recommend to consult the Beta Archive forum.

If you are looking for activation keys for Windows [Beta] installation images, click here, or use this address.