I don't have to run activation. My product key is volume licence and puting it in by passes the activation through Microsoft. The product key that I put in is regestered with a company name. This is done for business so that no matter what we do to the hardware, the activation wont invalidate, even when using a single image for 100 machines, of different make and model. With a regular consumer key it has a limit to the amount of time it can be installed. If I remember corectly on 7 it is 3 or 4 times now. All that matters with a volume license is that we don't go over how many we are allowed to have at a single time. So we have 200 licenses and are using 150-shomething, so we are in the clear, for 40-something more computers to be running our license still. Not sure on the numbers I would have to read the documentation to be sure and I dont feel like going to Houston (3 hour drive) to pull that out and look at it right now. The last time I looked we had Windows 2000 Professional, XP Professional, Server 2003 Enterprise, Server 2003 Enterprise R2, 7 Ultimate and 2008 Enterprise R2. My boss limited the account, so now I can only get on to it at the office, kinda sucks, but its all good. So yea I can get perty much any Windows I want. Though I am a special case, cause I have access to the account like that. You can get copies of Windows on the Internet, but you have to be carefull. If you get one that has been edited in any way, that then becomes illegal, and could get you in trouble. You can download a copy from any where you want, just as long as the product activation is intact and it requires a product key. That part is not illegal, Microsoft can not care less where you get the install from, the only care about that product key. Is it valid, dose it beling to you, did you steal it, that kind of stuff. If you are using your own key, that is valid and legal, then they wont ask you where the install media came from.
So what's Windows 2000 Professional like? Is it like Windows XP or not as good as Windows XP?
U guys having fun yet? We see you struggling, striving, frustrated, trying to give (someone) closure in this thread. Do you not see that, instead, @ every turn, it mearly opens a new can of worms?? Look back... everytime, w/ the best of intent, that y'all try to correct, understand or rebutt some comment it's like throwing petrol on a fire. Amazing to watch this go from, a new OS is & will be unuseable to the virtues & accessability of an obsolete OS, yeeesh. (followed by laughter).
But, then, again, if you're ok beating your heads against a wall, it's good fun & funny reading for the rest of us
I had once suggested to close those junk threads. But apparently nobody wants to do that. Maybe it is part of the entertainment program.
I think we're going for a record here!
Windows 7 has been the very best OS that I've used from MS, and I've been a Windows user since Windows 2000 Pro was released. The only OS between all of those that I skipped out on was Vista. Went straight from XP Pro to Win 7 Pro x64.
Actually, I was scared like crap, after reading all of the 32 vs 64 & 64 vs 32 threads & articles on forums & in articles. I didn't know what to expect. But when that new PC arrived at my doorstep, I put everything in place, fired it up, went through the usual EULA's, it rebooted a time or two, and there was my perfect Windows 7.
I instantly fell in love, as Windows 7 is a very simple OS to use & maintain. Plus it's more secure than prior versions (using good computing practices). It has all that I need for years to come. As a plus, 7 Pro is supported until sometime in 2020, the Home versions (including Ultimate) until 2015. That sounds kinda odd, being that Ultimate costs more, but it's considered a Home version, whereas Pro & Enterprise are business versions. The user gets a lot for their money with 7 Pro.
Not to disagree with the OP, but I've yet to find a reason to say that Windows 7 "sucks".
To Andrea: It's is simpler than XP, XP was built on the foundation of Windows 2000. Windows 2000 wasn't meant to be a consumer OS, although many users of the OS were home users. And it's far more secure than some reports have claimed, but not as secure as Windows 7 by a long shot. I can say that it's as good as an OS as XP, because for 6 years, it met my needs, and not once did I get a virus or malware on the OS. Only when I began dual booting with XP Pro did I begin to have these kind of issues.
To run it, you will need an older machine, like a Dell Latitude or IBM ThinkPad, anything produced before SATA hard drives became the norm. I have a Windows 2000 Pro install on a ThinkPad T42 that I bought a month ago for $99 on eBay. For it's age, it was in pristine (like new) condition. The only thing that I needed was a battery, which I found the exact OEM one for $30.
It's happily dual booting with XP Media Center, not my main computer, just something to use when moving about the house, or outside. And resides only on 12GB (the actual OS only uses 6GB) on my hard drive.