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Windows 2000 on an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200

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Has anyone ever installed Windows 2000 Professional on an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200?  Win2k does not have any kind of built-in 64-bit capability.  Could this lead to odd boot and kernel occurances?  

I have a user that has done exactly this, but Windows 2000 just keeps on corrupting NTOSKRNL.exe

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Hi Firebar,

I can't see how he would complete the installation - or why he would try.
We were so glad to get out of the WIN2K business, we couldn't wait for XP.

With a monster processor like that, why doesn't he go to Vista?
XP 64 Bit would work, but lots of driver problems there.

Vic
You only get 64 bit support in XP latest 64 bit installation, or in vista.

However, if you install the 32 bit OS on a 64 bit CPU architecture, you will get full compatibility in 32 bit mode -- but once again, you are limited to XP or VISTA -- it is not workable/reliable on W2000.

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According to the user, Windows 2000 was working fine on the computer for several months.  Keeping in mind, that the user is a tinkerer, and that it is Windows, I am amazed myself that he got it installed.  The user dislikes XP for the main reasons I do.  I have to admit that Windows 2000 is the best OS Microsoft has produced to date.  I vehemently detest Windows XP.  Windows XP is the reason I am a Linux user today.

The user has some legacy apps that just do not seem to work in Windows XP.  I have not used Vista to the point that I would recommend it at this time.  From a Vista point of view, I am unimpressed.  I will pass that recommendation onto the user, but that will be an option in January.  We need a "now" fix.

Thanks for the feedback, it is very helpful.

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If you want to get an .iso of Vista (Ultimate) RC1 for him to play with, try this link:
http://download.windowsvista.com/preview/rc1/en/download.htm
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Your issue sounds like a driver issue.
The Athlon should be x86 32 bit backward compatible for W2K.
I would look at the device drivers for the MOBO at the manufacturer web site for something more uptodate.
If it has worked for months without issue,I would look at a reload of the OS or maybe the HW is going bad.

Getting W2K working on 64 bit AMD box should be no big deal.
W2K once Spacked is a very stable OS.
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The user in question bought a new PC.  Okay, it must be nice to have money...  I think it is the hardware as well, but who cares now.

Thanks for all of the suggestions.
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