VirtualBox

Ticket #1474 (closed defect: wontfix)

Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

Windows 2000 host lacking

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

Description

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:  http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?p=22027#22027

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

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by sandervl73

  • Priority changed from blocker to major

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by opieant

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 Changed 6 years ago by techie

Does anybody know if 1.6.2 has fixed install?

comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by sandervl73

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

comment:5 Changed 6 years ago by SEGStriker

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 Changed 6 years ago by frank

  • Host type changed from other to Windows

comment:7 Changed 5 years ago by sandervl73

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to wontfix

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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