Archive for the ‘Windows 2000’ Category

(Thinking of) Going back to Windows 2000

February 14, 2009

I said back in January that I “upgraded” to XP to “upgrade” to Windows 7. I then found out that Windows 7 could only be upgraded from Windows Vista, so that whole plan backfired. I’ve stuck with XP since. Do I have any problems with XP? Nope. The activation problem, lets just say isn’t really that important. Overall the OS is a great one. I can see why most people have yet to “upgrade” to Vista. It’s capable. It does what people want. It’s relatively secure, as much as a Microsoft OS can be. But 2000? It takes (somewhat) less resources, and having to make non-compatible software work on 2K is FUN. Well in my eyes anyway. But of course, there are downsides. Installing Steam games via CD/DVD is slower in 2000, taking a lot longer, while in XP it takes a siginigantly less amount of time.


Tinkering with Windows 2000 & Firefox 3.

January 7, 2009

I had this crazy idea today to use the Windows 2000 compatibility mode feature on Firefox 3, to see what error message would come up if it detected it was be run on Windows 95 or Windows 98. To enable the Windows 2000 compatbility mode feature (which isn’t as fully featured as the Windows XP version), open the run dialog (Win+R) and type (without the quotes) “regsvr32 C:\WINNT\AppPatch\SlayerUI.dll” You should then see a dialog stating that it was successfully registered. So, now that its registered how do we use it? Right click on an app (or shortcut) and you’ll see (Figure 1) a dialog named “Compatibility”. Check the “Run in compatibility mode:” checkbox and select  a system to “emulate” using the listbox, then click OK, and launch the app.

Now that we got that out of the way, lets see how Firefox 3 reacts. When using either the Windows 95 or Windows 98 compatibility layer (Figure 2) a Crash Reporter dialog box appears. Now, I really don’t know that much about how the compatibility subsystem works, but I’d think that the Windows 2000 API’s would be avalibale, or perhaps that’s Mozilla’s way of telling you “Upgrade your OS”. So what about NT 4 compatibilty mode? That works. (Figure 3) And works fine I might add!

Windows 2000 Compatibilty Mode tab

Figure 1: Windows 2000 Compatibilty Mode tab

This is what happens if you try to emulate Windows 9x

Figure 2: This is what happens if you try to emulate Windows 9x


Figure 3 :This is what happens when you try to emulate NT 4. Aka: success!

W2K: Why is it so great?

December 30, 2008

With sources saying that Windows 7’ll be coming in about a year or so, why am I still running Windows 2000, an OS that’s 3 releases old already.

  • Because it doesn’t have the activation headaches that XP and Vista have.
  • Because it doesn’t have the baby-fied interfaces that XP and Vista do.
  • Because it runs better on older and newer hardware alike!
  • Because it still runs most of the apps XP does!
The Windows XP activation window

The Windows XP activation window

The crap XP interface

The crap XP interface

Plus, according to Microsoft, the Windows 2000 (Pro) system requirements are:

  • 133 MHz or more Pentium microprocessor (or equivalent). Windows 2000 Professional supports up to two processors on a single computer.
  • 64 megabytes (MB) of RAM recommended minimum. 32 MB of RAM is the minimum supported. 4 gigabytes (GB) of RAM is the maximum.
  • A 2 GB hard disk that has 650 MB of free space. If you are installing over a network, more free hard disk space is required.
  • VGA or higher-resolution monitor.
  • Keyboard.
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device (optional).

And, according to Microsoft, the XP (Pro) requirements are:

  • Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster (300 MHz is recommended)
  • At least 64 megabytes (MB) of RAM (128 MB is recommended)
  • At least 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available space on the hard disk
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • Keyboard and a Microsoft Mouse or some other compatible pointing device
  • Video adapter and monitor with Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher resolution
  • Sound card
  • Speakers or headphones

And finally, Microsoft’s posted Vista (Home Premium+) requirements:

  • 1-gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) processor or 1-GHz 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB of system memory
  • Windows Aero-capable graphics card

    Note This includes a DirectX 9-class graphics card that supports the following:

    • A WDDM driver
    • Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
    • 32 bits per pixel
  • 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
  • 40-GB hard disk that has 15 GB of free hard disk space (the 15GB of free space provides room for temporary file storage during the install or upgrade.)
  • Internal or external DVD drive
  • Internet access capability
  • Audio output capability

2000 is the optimal choice for those of us who: want the best performance on their machines, don’t want the DRM that XP/Vista has, and/or don’t want the crappy interface XP and Vista have. 2000 runs most of the latest software. Either without modification or with. Hell it even runs COD4!

Windows 2000.. THE BEST software to come from Redmond.

December 30, 2008

Andrew T. likes Windows 95. I’ll agree 95 is a great OS, but it has NOTHING on Windows 2000. 2000 is based on the NT kernel, and as such is much more stable. 2000 is only a year younger then XP so it should run most (if not all) of the apps XP does. And let us not forget the fact that it has no activation schemes. That alone makes 2000 a viable system. And as I like to say, “2000 is todays 95”. So, I’m thinking of doing a “Windows 2000 series” on my blog. Wadda ya think?

EDIT: Oh yes, and I’ve decided to start an IRC channel for those Windows 2000 (or classic Windows OS users) on AustNet (the same network the others used for their chat). Its #Windows2000.