Windows 2000 Question

  Mac586 03:49 25 Sep 2006

My main pc currently has xp installed and I was thinking (don't know why) of formatting and installing Win 2000. My pc has a Asrock mb, AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor and 3 gigs of ram. My c: drive is on a 2 partion ata 80 gig drive and I also have 2 300 gig sata drives installed. My question is will win 2000 run on this setup and if so, will I lose any performance vs win xp.



  terryf 04:20 25 Sep 2006

seems like a retrograde step

  Mac586 04:47 25 Sep 2006

I suppose it is in some ways. But I just like the clean, no bells and whistles look of 2000. And it runs faster on my b/up pc then XP did. If I can install it and get it going right, I can always install XP or Vista on one of my free partitions.


  Iron Maiden 08:13 25 Sep 2006

W2k might have issues with dual cpu, in the sense that it might only see one.
If this is the case you will need to update the HAL (hardware abstraction layer). In device manager the top item is computer expand the tree, if it says
ACPI Uniprocessor then you need to update the drivers select ACPI Multiprocessor from the list.This article
explains more. hhtp://
Only other problem you will definitly have is W2k can only partition/format 130GB Max it will not see the rest. Other than that it will run fine, alternative would be to turn off all visual effects & change to classic windows style in xp, not quite the same look but close

  Iron Maiden 08:15 25 Sep 2006

sorry about link, i'm a bit disfunctional this time i the morning

click here

  Mac586 08:40 25 Sep 2006

I really appreciate the information. I'm just really curious to see how it will work. I found out about the partion limitations when I set it up on my back-up pc. Ended up loading it onto an old 40 gig, and then installing a ata 300 gig with Maxblast and copying it over. I would guess it is running 10% faster than xp did. It is a amd 2500 with 1 gig of ram. Trying to get it all working right keeps me out of bars and chasing wild women lol

I really appreciate the link too. Now all I have to do is get some books and read up on using 2000.



  Iron Maiden 06:59 26 Sep 2006

"I'm just really curious to see how it will work"

It will work, XP is basicly 2000 with curves

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