Articles about Windows 2000

Microsoft Windows: The Next 30 Years

Analysis Windows anniversaries are a bit like Halloween. You can bring out a Vista or Windows Me to scare the children into bed on time. Microsoft Windows turned 30 this month, and blogs are full of nostalgia. (Here's our Fright Night – we dare you to click.) But what will the next 30 years look like? Is the last 30 years of Windows a …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Nov 2015

Reg reader escapes four-month lightning-struck Windows Vista farm nightmare

On-Call This week's instalment of On-Call, our regular reader-contributed tale of things that go pear-shaped in the small hours, comes from Carl who tells us that “a couple of years ago I had just been made redundant”. Carl's the kind of chap who sees opportunity in adversity, and so felt it was his time to step up from sysadmin to IT …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2015

So long then, Windows 2000

Windows NT 4.0 made Microsoft an operating system player for file servers and crushed NetWare, but it was Windows 2000 Server and Advanced Server that stormed the walls of the glasshouse and smashed enough windows to actually get inside and start taking over the joint. And now, it is dead. At least as far as Microsoft is …
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Microsoft slams nails in Windows Vista, XP SP2, 2000

Microsoft will kill support for its unloved Windows Vista operating system a few months ahead of its Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000 planned end-of-the-road-for-updates deadline. The company said yesterday that a Vista service pack-free OS will no longer get MS support after 13 April this year, leaving the flaky platform …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Feb 2010

Vaunted Windows 8 RTM updates 'actually featured from Win2000'

Has Microsoft’s Windows chief Steven Sinofsky gone too far in stating the brilliance of his team's work on Windows 8? “Yes,” say some ex-Microsofties, who reckon Sinofsky is taking credit for something that’s not new on Windows 8, due on Thursday. What’s got them riled is a 10 October Sinofsky blog where he boasted Windows 8 …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Oct 2012

Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

Today will be like no other day because it’s the last Patch Tuesday for Windows XP. Yet there's good news if you're still using XP. For starters, you're not alone. Thirteen years after it was released, Windows XP remains the world’s second most popular PC operating system. It's running on 27.69 per cent of consumer machines, …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Apr 2014
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Munich buys Windows 2000 used licenses

The German city of Munich is buying a whole pile of Microsoft Windows this month - but it won't be the newly released Windows Vista. Instead, it will buy 2000 legit "used licenses" of Windows 2000 Professional, claiming it will save them money. The licenses are bought from Munich based company Usedsoft, which buys up licenses …
Jan Libbenga, 02 Jan 2007
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Windows Help update stars in MS Patch Tuesday

Microsoft plans to fix a Windows Help and Support Center vulnerability as part of next week's Patch Tuesday update batch. The flaw, which has been the target of hacking attacks over recent weeks, was disclosed to Microsoft's displeasure by Google engineer Tavis Ormandy last month, in a move to renew the age old debate about …
John Leyden, 09 Jul 2010
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XenSource caters to Windows 2000 laggards

Like a titanium-wired bra, XenSource has become more supportive. The software maker this week patted itself on the back for releasing Version 3.2 of XenEnterprise. The software adds support for Windows 2000 guests. So, stragglers can now run the OS alongside the already supported Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP. Users of …
Ashlee Vance, 03 Apr 2007
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Windows 2000 OEM prices leaked

Microsoft sources today confirmed OEM versions Windows 2000 will ship from distie warehouses on Monday 24 January. They also confirmed that yesterday’s’s scoop on OEM prices was accurate to "within a couple of dollars". So here are the prices, as posted by CRN: *Windows 2000 3-pack $386 *Windows 2000 Server $725 The …
Drew Cullen, 21 Jan 2000

Windows NT: Remember Microsoft's almost perfect 20-year-old?

Feature If you want to be reminded that you're getting old, ask a youngster what Windows NT is. Chances are, there'll be blank looks all round. Windows What? Is it, like, a codename for a new version? You can't blame them. There hasn't actually been a proper "Windows NT" release since the late 1990s, so for almost anyone under 30 it's …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Aug 2013
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Windows 8: An awful lot of change for a single release

Microsoft released Windows 1.0 on 20 November, 1985, a year later than first promised. Now, nearly 27 years on, Windows 8 is on the shelves. The operating system was chugging away full-steam ahead as Windows XP established itself - then it jumped the tracks at Vista. Where is Microsoft's OS going now and where did it come from …
Tim Anderson, 23 Oct 2012

Life support's ABOUT to be switched off, but XP's suddenly COOL again

Windows XP has enjoyed a second resurgence in popularity, despite its looming end-of-support date. Net Applications' data for desktop operating systems in January showed Windows XP had increased its market share by a fraction. It marked the Windows Vista predecessor's second bounce in its slowly declining market share, which …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Feb 2014
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Users remain married to Windows 2000

Microsoft's Windows 2000 client operating system is doing well for its age, a little too well it seems on corporate desktops, according to the latest figures. Forty eight percent of PCs are still running Windows 2000 five years after it was launched and just weeks before Microsoft takes its first steps towards end-of-lifeing …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jun 2005
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EU to investigate Windows 2000

The European Union said today that it will investigate Microsoft over alleged market dominance arising from the launch of Windows 2000. The EU is examining claims that W2K will give Microsoft an unfair advantage in ecommerce as well as software, in Europe. The software giant has four weeks to respond to enquiries instigated by …
Mike Magee, 09 Feb 2000

Windows XP and iPod: A tale of two birthdays

This week is remarkable for two 10-year computing anniversaries: that of the Apple iPod and of Microsoft's Windows XP. Both should be celebrated for their success and impact on consumers and tech sector. But while Apple's iPod will be celebrated in the history of its creator and – no doubt – the annals of computing history as a …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2011
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Windows 2000 in Intel chipset screw-up

Intel does not like making disclosures about codenames it has not yet decided to talk about. But at Computex earlier this year, we talked to a very nice chap on the Chicony stand, who was happy to tell us about Bannister, also known as the Intel 440MX chipset, a mobile Celeron platform. Microsoft, like Intel, does not like …
Mike Magee, 23 Jul 1999
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Windows 2000: Talk dirty to me Bill

In the bookshop section of a big electronics store in Tokyo, a staffer's eye was caught by a big red headline about Windows 2000 on the cover. Picked up the rag to see what it was all about and inside found many pictures of young ladies in various states of undress. Could this be a winning combination for Bill Gates and …
Pen Ismightier, 28 Nov 1998
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Windows 2000 SP1 delayed

Microsoft has put back the release to manufacture of Windows 2000 Service Pack 1. Originally due earlier this week, the monstro 83MB patch is now scheduled for release on 24 July and should be available for web download a few days later. The software giant is keeping mum on the actual causes of the delay, but the word on the …
Andrew Thomas, 20 Jul 2000
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Microsoft rushes out emergency Windows update

Microsoft is about to issue an emergency security update to plug a vulnerability which could allow an internet worm to be spread via a computer without the user doing anything. The update is rated as critical for users of Windows 2000, XP and Server 2003 and the less severe rating of "important" for users of Windows Server 2008 …
John Oates, 23 Oct 2008

Pre-release Windows 8 code hits PC makers

Microsoft's webOS luvvin' partner HP is among the PC manufacturers getting copies of early Windows 8 code, according to reports. HP and other Windows PC OEMs are reported to be getting builds of Microsoft's next desktop operating system known as milestone 3 – seriously pre-beta stuff. They're sucking down the code through …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Mar 2011
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Microsoft misses rush to register Windows 2000 trademark

History is repeating itself. When Microsoft launched Internet Explorer, it quickly emerged it didn't actually own the name, and the Beast of Redmond was forced to make hasty financial reparations to ensure it could continue using the name. Now, less than a week after announcing that Windows NT 5.0 will be released as Windows …
Tony Smith, 04 Nov 1998
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Tecmar warns about tapes and Windows 2000

Updated Got a peripheral tape solution based on floppy and parallel port tape drives? Thinking of upgrading your operating system to Windows 2000? Be careful. Tecmar has just issued a warning that its Ditto drives will not work with Windows 2000. According to a statement from the firm, the operating system does not provide drivers for …
Mike Magee, 17 Mar 2000

Global mobile roaming network a HOTBED of vulnerabilities

Security experts for Dutch telco KPN have swung the baseball bat at telcos, with research suggesting mobile roaming networks are so insecure you'd hardly need the NSA to break in and start capturing user traffic. They find the GRX – GPRS Roaming Exchange – network, which links the roaming traffic of 25 carriers worldwide, has …

Bumper Patch Tuesday tackles multiple Windows flaws

Microsoft has released 13 bulletins, covering 26 vulnerabilities, as part of a bumper Patch Tuesday. All supported versions of Windows will need patching, though Vista and Win 7 (three critical updates) are less exposed than XP and Windows 2000 shops (five critical fixes). Three of the bulletins are particularly severe and …
John Leyden, 10 Feb 2010

PC-makers hope for Windows 8 hero to sweep up sales

In the current tight economic climate, manufacturers of PCs and laptops are eagerly looking forward to the arrival of Windows 8 to rescue their sales. It's worked before: the launch of Windows 7 in 2009 got off to a galloping start, more than doubling equivalent sales of Vista two years earlier. A few corporates even advanced …
Chris Bidmead, 06 Jun 2012
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MS fuels up five critical Windows fixes

Microsoft plans to release five critical update bulletins next Tuesday, all critical, in the September edition of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle. As usual, not much information on the contents of the planned patches is available. All supported versions of Windows (2000, XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008) will need …
John Leyden, 04 Sep 2009
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Parcelforce fails to deliver for Windows 7 lovers

The Royal Mail's Parcelforce website is upsetting some Windows 7 fans, because the service doesn't support Microsoft's latest operating system. One customer told us that the site refuses to let him proceed with a payment on because Windows 7 "failed to meet the necessary requirements for completing a …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2009
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Post-Vista Windows flaw creates Blue Screen risk

Miscreants have created an exploit capable of crashing Windows boxes and triggering the infamous Blue Screen of Death. The attack relies on exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft's implementation of SMB2 (Server Message Block), a network protocol involved in the sharing of files and printers on a network. Windows …
John Leyden, 08 Sep 2009
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Microsoft Windows guru turns to cybercrime (fiction)

One of Microsoft's top Windows gurus and author of books and tools for securely coding Windows has embraced fiction with a debut tackling international cyber crime. Platform and Services Division technical fellow Mark Russinovich has delivered a Die-Hard-4-style novel called Zero Day. It tells the story of Osama-bin-Laiden- …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jan 2011
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Microsoft identifies source of Windows 2000 attacks

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Microsoft Corp is blaming users' failure to apply listed security measures for an "unexplained" surge in attempted hacks against Windows 2000-based servers. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft yesterday said it has determined a spate of hacks against Windows 2000-based servers do not …
ComputerWire, 10 Sep 2002
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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.2: Tablet PC, CRT screen and more

Cache in the Attic Before wandering to pastures new, Bill Ray revealed he is definitely of the mind that, if it still works, why chuck it? His old kit isn't sitting in a box in the attic, he uses it all regularly. Hantarex, HP and Motion Computing Hantarex hails from Italy but established a UK operation in 1981 and is still going strong. The CTM …
Bill Ray, 07 Dec 2013
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Lighter Patch Tuesday focuses on Windows flaws

Microsoft released six patches on Tuesday night - three critical - as part of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle. After the biggest ever patch cycle in October, November's patch train arrives with a far lighter load. The three critical fixes focus on bugs in various supported versions of Windows, though not Windows 7. Users …
John Leyden, 11 Nov 2009
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Windows 2000 ship dates slip some more

The ship dates of Windows 2000 Beta 3 and the finished product have both slipped some more, to April and late 99 respectively. As late as last summer Microsoft was indicating that the product would go gold in Q1 of this year, but since then it's slid to second half, and now to the end of the year. The Register did get a …
John Lettice, 19 Jan 1999
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Whistler and Blackcomb – the Windows 2000 .NET future

Special report Microsoft is working on two future releases of Windows 2000 that will maximize the integration of .NET Framework facilities. The two-stage release is designed to provide the earliest possible availability of major features. "Whistler," the code name for the next release of Windows 2000, is cirrently at beta 1 stage, and is …
Luis Escalante, 12 Nov 2000

Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "Fans, players and parents unite against England's 'rip-off' £90 World Cup kit" screamed the Mirror this week. "They think it’s all over... priced." Even after several thousand years of civilisation and organised commerce, it seems humans still don’t understand basic economics. Demand, not cost of manufacture, determines the …
Alistair Dabbs, 04 Apr 2014
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Win 2000 anti-virus products fail independent tests

Many big-name anti-virus products failed to secure Windows 2000 in recent independent tests. Seventeen out of 32 products tested - including packages from Trend Micro, Kaspersky, Norman and Sophos - failed to reach the standard required for VB100 certification. A total of 13 products failed to spot threats known to be …
John Leyden, 04 Dec 2007
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Creaky old Windows flaw rises, divides doommongers

A new Windows-based denial of service attacks reportedly exploits a 10-year old OS flaw to crash vulnerable systems. Independent security experts downplay the likely impact of the bug even though 2X Software, the virtual computing firm that discovered the bug, is talking up its supposed seriousness. Versions of Windows from the …
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2010
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Windows plagued by 17-year-old privilege escalation bug

A security researcher at Google is recommending computer users make several configuration changes to protect themselves against a previously unknown vulnerability that allows untrusted users to take complete control of systems running most versions of Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability resides in a feature known as the …
Dan Goodin, 19 Jan 2010
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Microsoft to offer Windows 7 downgrade to XP

Microsoft has agreed to allow Windows 7 customers to downgrade not just to Vista but also to XP. The software firm confirmed it had planned downgrade rights for XP when Windows 7 shipped, which is expected later this year. "Microsoft will be offering an n-2 downgrade option with Windows 7 to help customers plan their …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Apr 2009
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SSL encryption and the Ghost of Windows Past

We thought we could escape from writing the words "Windows 2000" again. But it's a topsy turvy world, and that's a fact - as these three IT security whitepapers, fresh from the Reg Library, show. How to offer the strongest SSL encryption This paper from VeriSign, urges web security pros to get their act together regarding …
Team Register, 05 May 2009

CTOs warned to prepare for Windows 7 budget squeeze

Businesses rushing to upgrade their computers from Microsoft’s Windows XP and Windows 2000 to Windows 7 can expect their budget purse to swell in 2011-2012, IT analyst house Gartner warned yesterday. “Corporate IT departments typically prefer to migrate PC operating systems (OSs) via hardware attrition, which means bringing in …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Aug 2010
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Wicked Sun forces final death of Win98, Office 2000, etc

Microsoft will pull the plugs on MSDN downloads of a range of products, including Windows 98, Office 2000, SQL Server 7 and NT Workstation, next Monday. These contain the polluted Java which, according to the settlement with Sun, Microsoft has to stop supporting. So it's all Sun's fault, really. Up to a point. The deal with Sun …
John Lettice, 08 Dec 2003
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Embarcadero gets touchy with Windows 7 RAD

Embarcadero Technologies hopes to exploit touch- and gesture-based input in Windows 7 with the latest release of its Delphi and C++ Builder RAD tools. The company has released its Embarcadero RAD Studio 2010, which it said offers rapid development of interfaces for applications using a touch-enabled component framework. …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Aug 2009
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Small Business Server 2000 beta global launch

Microsoft has released the beta version of Small Business Server 2000 to its resellers worldwide. The latest version of this BackOffice software is aimed at small to medium businesses with a maximum of 50 PCs. It is based on the Windows 2000 OS - which upgrades the NT Server 4.0 operating system used in the existing Small …
Linda Harrison, 27 Jul 2000
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Windows XP Mode: Certify like you mean it

Windows 7's XP Mode does not mean you can completely avoid upgrading your Windows XP applications or entirely dodge Windows 7 certification, Microsoft has warned. ISVs and end users will only get a Windows XP experience when running their Windows XP applications in the new operating system's Windows XP Mode. To experience the …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2009
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Serious IE and Windows flaws left to fester

Microsoft won't fix vulnerabilities in the latest versions of Internet Explorer or Windows during its regularly scheduled patch release on Tuesday, meaning users will have to wait at least another month to get updates that correct the security risks. The software maker on Thursday said January's Patch Tuesday will include a …
Dan Goodin, 08 Jan 2010
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Judge finds Windows 2000 may slip a millennium

Judge Janet Hall is of the opinion that NT 5.0 (aka Windows 2000) won't make it out of the door before the end of this year. And with a bit of luck, it'll slip into the next millennium. The Register believes this may be the first instance of a judge ruling on the viability of Microsoft's rollout schedules. Exquisitely, Judge …
John Lettice, 04 Jan 1999

Windows group policies in the real world

Sysadmin Blog I admit: group policy is a pretty dry subject. If you are reading an article about group policy, you aren’t here for my sense of humour. This means that you are seeking a few technical tidbits. In Windows, it's not easy to do this. Group policy changes with every iteration of Windows. Some group policy topics can be approached …
Trevor Pott, 30 Jun 2010
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Windows users ambushed by attack on fresh IE flaw

Thousands of websites have been hit by fast-moving exploit code that installs a cocktail of nasty malware on visitors' computers by targeting a previously unknown vulnerability in some versions of Internet Explorer. The compromised websites link to a series of servers that exploit a zero-day vulnerability in an IE component that …
Dan Goodin, 06 Jul 2009