driver for windows 2000 professional(10 posts)
Windows 2000 is 13 years old, and support for it ended on July 13, 2010. I doubt you will be able to find drivers for it, maybe you could try on the manufacturer's support webpage. But i strongly recommend you to upgrade to a newer operating system such as Windows 7 or Lubuntu 12.10.
Windows 7 has a 30-day free trial. You can download the official Windows 7 Install DVD ISO images from here. You will have to buy a license after that, so I recommend getting Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit (x86) for compatibility and because it is cheaper. Try it before buying it, to make sure it runs OK on your hardware.
Lubuntu is a light version of Ubuntu, better for old computers. It is free, you can download it from http://lubuntu.net/ . You can first try Lubuntu from the install CD without having to actually install it, give it a try.
There are also other free Linux distributions suitable for you, such as Linux Mint ( http://www.linuxmint.com ) or Zorin OS ( http://zorin-os.com/ ), which is focused towards Windows users installing Linux for the first time.
You can find help about installing Windows 7 or any Linux distribution on this forum.
I have 2 Windows 2000 computers, one laptop and one desktop (far and away the most stable OS ever from Microsoft - including the highly touted Windows 7). I have reinstalled the OS on both computers in the last two or three years without any driver problems that I recall. The windows drivers are satisfactory on my hardware. If you suspect that you are going to have a problem with a particular piece of hardware, go to that hardware manufacturer's website and see if the specific driver is still available. In many cases, an XP driver will work on a 2000 OS.
Edit: Just remembered that I did have problems with getting a USB WiFi adapter to work on the desktop. I had a free slot in my router for another Ethernet connection so that works for internet.
If you don't understand this, don't feel bad as don't understand it either from "a Coding Point of view".
I have never been able to grasp how a VM can make its' own device drivers out of "thin air".
As I stated in my first sentence, from a "C" or even Low Level Assembly Language, I do not understand how it works BUT a VM Does Work !!!!
Wish, Lowell (The Geek) would write a Technical Coding Article about it for sure !! :) :)
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