Opened 16 years ago

Closed 16 years ago

Last modified 14 years ago

#1474 closed defect (wontfix)

Windows 2000 host lacking

Reported by: Technologov Owned by:
Component: other Version: VirtualBox 1.6.0
Keywords: Cc:
Guest type: other Host type: Windows


Windows 2000 host support was removed from VirtualBox 1.6, which is quite unfortunate, because this system is still used in some enterprises. Just few months ago I had to work on Windows 2000 to run some virtualization app on it.

Original discussion:

since Windows 2000 and XP internally are brothers (nearly identical), I believe, that supporting Windows 2000 shouldn't take much effort.

Revive this host support if possible, even if limited. (no bridging, VT, 64-bit, whatever, ...)

This is a real blocker issue for *some* users.

-Technologov, 4.5.2008.

Change History (7)

comment:1 by Sander van Leeuwen, 16 years ago

priority: blockermajor

comment:2 by opieant, 16 years ago

Until a new release is made, which I also hope supports Windows 2000 hosts, Orca can be used to remove "NOT VersionNT=500" from the "LaunchCondition" entry in the VirtualBox-1.6.0-Win_x86.msi installer. This will allow VirtualBox 1.6.0 to install and work properly on a Windows 2000 host. I haven't tested any network, SATA, or USB functionality to see if any of that is still working, but my old VMs load up without any problems.

Note that in version 1.5.6, this same entry had been "NOT VersionNT=400"

comment:3 by techie, 16 years ago

Does anybody know if 1.6.2 has fixed install?

comment:4 by Sander van Leeuwen, 16 years ago

It hasn't been changed in 1.6.2. We need to take a look at it later.

comment:5 by Stanislav Georgiev, 16 years ago

Set "NOT VersionNT=400" as in the old versions. Everything works fine, at least at first look. Thanks for the solution! BTW, I think this must be fixed, especially if there isn't any missing functionality.

comment:6 by Frank Mehnert, 16 years ago

Host type: otherWindows

comment:7 by Sander van Leeuwen, 16 years ago

Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

I'm sorry to disappoint some users, but we will not enable Win2k support again. Too many things aren't working on that platform and we do not wish to spend the resources to officially support this aging Windows version.

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