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  1. Unofficial SP 5.2 for Microsoft Windows 2000 (WIP)

    Start here and work your way into the Windows 2000 folders. http://www.windows2000.tk/archive The official/stable releases are available from the top page at http://www.windows2000.tk/index.html
  2. Unofficial SP 5.2 for Microsoft Windows 2000 (WIP)

    I was a latecomer to Windows 2000. We had it at work but I didn't think to use it personally until the company got new machines and I took the old ones home. So I pretty much got started just before it went EOL. Besides all the experimenting and breaking things as a result it runs fast and lean compared to XP. Running most of the same apps though a a version or so behind, depending. Regarding 2003 I use that, sort of, in the form of its proof-of-concept sibling Windows XP x64 Edition. It gets more use than Win7 for sure on the same machine. I was kind of bummed that a few software titles I had wouldn't install. Their system requirements stated that they wouldn't work on server OSes and since XP x64 is NT 5.2 the installers probably did a version check. Still have 'til 2015 extended support for 2003 server which I reckon applies to me, too.
  3. Unofficial SP 5.2 for Microsoft Windows 2000 (WIP)

    Ach, regarding the GoodSync thing, the interface was jacked up because of uxtheme.dll. When that was gone it looked good again. And the whole not being able to sync is definitely unrelated to UURollup. Searching the web the almost exact error messages are seen with other programs like SyncBack and Wuala. But all the talk seems to point to filesystem stuff, i.e. you're using FAT but should be using NTFS, etc. My win2k partitions are definitely not FAT (well, I'm 99.9% sure). I wonder if restoring from images cause something strange to be reported. And I still don't know which way the error applies to - writing to my drive or writing to a destination (USB, NAS). But a quick test syncing to my NAS via FTP works. I just can't sync to via smb and flash. Guess I'll have to open a ticket with the GoodSync people or figure out something ('course I won't tell 'em I'm running Win2k) :-) BTW, in case anyone has any pointers the full error message is: Error locking folder: uploading lock file: The parameter is incorrect. (error 87)
  4. Unofficial SP 5.2 for Microsoft Windows 2000 (WIP)

    Howdy Mr tomasz86, Finally got back to the Win2k machine since May. Anyhind, I've been trying for several days now but I just can't reach your main site. Just seems to timeout. Regardless of machine, OS, or time of day. Is it really back up? Thinking that maybe this machine was finalized I decided to experiment once again and install the v11 June daily. Just to see. All went well and noticed no issues, except (and not sure if this is related) but I can no longer sync any data using GoodSync. Whether the data comes from flash drive, nas, external drive it fails trying to copy lock files or some such (error 87). It's mentioned in the GoodSync FAQ but I've never had issue one syncing data before. Also back in May after the v11 March or April UURolllup GoodSync lost some of its interface. No tabs, missing buttons. If it weren't for the tooltips and memorizing where the analyze/sync buttons are I wouldn't be able to do anything. When I revert back a step or two today I'll be able to confirm if it was the Rollups or something else that caused this. But this was all just for fun and curiosity. I heed your comments above and will await USP5 (and in the meantime revert my system back to when everything worked (with the exception of the old SQL junk). Regarding your change of focus to Windows XP I think that makes sense. WinXP, for me, is like the sweet spot as far as Win OSes is concerned. Keeping that alive as long as possible after it goes EOL would be great. I'm kind of backwards as I actually moved from Linux (my primary after Win 3.x ) to XP (in 2005 - I'm a late adopter). As more open source tools and apps, POSIX/Unix environments, development tools, etc. were made available on the OS I wound up spending more time there than on my beloved Slackware. 'Course now I have a PC farm of sorts running all kinds of stuff , including Win7, so they all get their fair amount of attention. :-) Okay, just "jaw jacking" right now. Will still try to reach your site if I can. Marc
  5. Unofficial SP 5.2 for Microsoft Windows 2000 (WIP)

    Two More SQL Tests Test 1 I thought I was done with this SQL thing but I thought there was some hope. After giving up on SQL and restoring the main image I installed UR2 and UURollup v11 w20130323. With v11 running I get the nvidia service temporary hang but in event viewer I noticed a number of errors regarding WMI and ASP.NET and .NET. I remembered that I had .NET 2.0 SP2 on hand so I installed that. It fixes the WMI errors. MSUpdate, after installing the initial .NET2, only offers updates to SP1. Anyway MSUpdate then offered patches to SP2 along with Rollup 1 (7.7MB). Also installed KB971111 (.NET GDIPLUS patch) which isn't offered. There's no SQL installed so I figured I start with the RTM (no service pack). Much to my surprise it did install with no certificate errors or exceptions. However, sqlserver runs at 99% CPU hogging everything. This also happened some months ago on another older machine I was testing before. Tried to use MSUpdate to go to SP3 but the cpu issue was dragging things along. I would periodically stop the service to give the install a boost but it still was taking forever. Decided to cancel the install which also took forever. Installed SP3 from archive instead but once again the server throws an exception. End test. Test 2 - and a new daily? With the RTM version of SQL not crashing I thought there was hope. This time I restored the image with the working SQL. Installed .NET2 SP2 MSUpdate offers roots update Install Update Rollup 2 (SQL running great). Install SQL SP4 (no probs) MSUpdate offers roots again (seems to do that a lot) Install UURollup v10d (SQL certificate problem) Discovered that there was a new daily available, from April 27. Installed UURollup v11-d20130427 On reboot I'd get to the logon screen and then error. Services.exe terminated unexpectedly. It reboots. Errors again. Safe Mode: Uninstall new 11 daily, reboot Install v11-d20130323 (sql exception, nvidia, MSUpdate broken). Fix MSUpdate (offered small Rollup 1 and roots) Safe Mode: Uninstall v11 Safe Mode: Uninstall v10d Back to normal, SQL is running fine Safe Mode: Reinstall new v11 daily (in case something got missed) Boot is successful. Clear logs and reboot just to be sure. But same as before. SQL throws exception and temporary nvidia service hang. So there you have it. SQL is definitely, officially out. Regarding the new UURollup daily, I haven't seen any announcements or what the changes are. Comparing file dates the only diffs I see is with update.inf and update.ver. Everything else seems the same. Marc
  6. Unofficial SP 5.2 for Microsoft Windows 2000 (WIP)

    Latest SQL Server 2005 Test To AnX: I don't think there's another version of MSSQL that I can try. Version 2000 isn't/wasn't available in an Express edition as far as I know. Okay, Starting from scratch this time. 1) Installed Win2K, SP4, Rollup 1 2) Installed IE6 and essentials (Windows Update Agent, MSI, BITS, and roots update v010) At this point MSUpdate worked great and I let it do all the patching and updating. Only non-MS addition was to fix timezone/DST stuff. Everything went smoothly. Full backup image done. 3) Installed Visual Studio C++ 2005 Express with SQL Server. No problems or errors in Event Viewer. Though I have an archive of services packs and updates I let MS do it all so I know there's no user error. 4) Service packs, patches, updates to .NET 2, VC++, SQL (SP3 offered). SP3 failed a few times 'til I found out my MDAC needed updating. After that the SQL update went fine. In between all this I kept checking and SQL ran without issue. Self-signed certificate was generated and used. I held out on updating the roots via MSUpdate until I was sure all was working. Updated roots and all was still good. Another image made. As a test I took the roots bits from Rollup2 and manually 'updroot'ed them as per inf files. Still all was good. 5) Installed Update Rollup 2. SQL still working with no issues, errors, or warnings. 6) Jumped straight to UURollup v11. SQL throws exception. MSUpdate stopped working. Something about wuaueng.dll version or database mismatch. Strange since far as I can tell that dll isn't part of the updates. 7) Uninstalled v11. Went smoothly. SQL is working again. 8) Installed UURollup v10d. SQL won't start due to certificate issue... "...server could not load the certificate it needs to initiate an SSL connection... [error 0x90090008]" 9) Fixed MSUpdate by reinstalling BITS. Was offered up the roots update again. So, after all this I have learned what? Nada. Nichts. Still where I started. As mentioned before as a Joe User I really have no need for an SQL server but the fight to make it work has wasted a lot of days and nights. Wouldn't have it any other way. Marc
  7. Unofficial SP 5.2 for Microsoft Windows 2000 (WIP)

    Yeah. I can either try SQL Server 2000 (is it free?) or just go with SQL CE (doesn't run as service nor has all the features but then again I probably don't need much anyway). After my first round of failures I had installed SQL CE anyway. I doubt Server 2008 would run even with the unofficial updates (requires .NET 3.5, not sure what else). Marc
  8. Unofficial SP 5.2 for Microsoft Windows 2000 (WIP)

    @tomasz86 Yeah, neither do I at this point. I'm also not a programmer so making full sense of the dump is beyond me. First, a few points about UURollup v11 1) Two versions of process explorer included. Nice. 2) Caused nvidia display driver service to temporarily hang at startup. 3) May have been premature on saying v11 fixed ssl cert issue. It just may be throwing an exception before it even gets to that point. Anyway, so today I decided to mess around a bit. First I uninstalled Office 2003 so I can get MS Update working again. [Note to self - either install Office as the last thing I ever do or just fore-go it for Ashampoo/SoftMaker Office 2010 or 2012. 2010 works fine on a stock win2k] MS Update offered me two patches for .NET and re-offered Rollup 1. Back to SQL. I uninstalled v11 which caused win2k to reboot before logon prompt appears. Went into safemode and installed Rollup 2. After restart I installed v10d and went back to sql. So now we're back to the beginning of not being able to create ssl certificate. Just for the fun of it I decided to add bits and pieces of v11 to v10d to see what happens. With each addition I'd try and reinstall sql server. The copying of bits was done via a Linux rescue system. The following dlls were added to the system (system32 & dllcache)... user32 - no go (meaning the same ssl cert issue) crypt32, cryptui, wintrust - no go rsaenh - no go userenv - no go Following added just for the fun of it... cryptsXP, credui, wintruXP, xpsp#res files - no go Given that those files from v11 didn't change anything I then reinstalled all of v11. SQL Server throws an exception. Hmm, maybe it's the included uxtheme.dll I thought. Nope. This could be kernel related or anything for that matter. BTW, an almost identical exception error was found at MS when I was searching last week with a supposed fix being cumulative update 15 for sql server 2005 sp3. Thing is I can't test that because sp3 itself won't finish installing and thus CU15 can't find any instance to update. I'm finished for this week. I'll resume testing next week on my next days off. Marc
  9. Unofficial SP 5.2 for Microsoft Windows 2000 (WIP)

    Your dailies are 7zip files with no instructions on what to do with them. The latest daily I got is 20130323 so I downloaded a same-dated weekly (which actually has some files newer than in the daily. 1) New splash screen caught me off guard 2) Certificate issues fixed Alas, I'm still having problems. First there were a number of issues dealing with performance counters (fixed, I think). Then something to do with event ids 3409 and 8313 (forgot the details already) but that was fixed by having the Remote Registry service running (sadly). But the big issue is it's throwing an exception. I had sql service pack 4 and installed the latest cumulative update on top to see if anything would change. For good measure I completely removed all traces of sql and started a new install but install won't finish due to the exception. Event ID: 17311 ---------------------- SQL Server is terminating because of fatal exception c0000005. This error may be caused by an unhandled Win32 or C++ exception, or by an access violation encountered during exception handling. Check the SQL error log for any related stack dumps or messages. This exception forces SQL Server to shutdown. To recover from this error, restart the server (unless SQLAgent is configured to auto restart). The stack dump isn't too big. Here it is. My goal is to be able to hfslip win2k and office 2003 (which seems to break Microsoft Update [Error number: 0x8024402F]) but not until I either get sqlserver working or just decide to dump it. Not like I really have a need for it. I like a challenge. Marc
  10. Unofficial SP 5.2 for Microsoft Windows 2000 (WIP)

    The only ones I used at that point were... Windows2000-UpdateRollup2-x86-ENU.exe Windows2000-UURollup-v10d-x86-ENU.exe ...in that order. Everything before that was official updates. You're right, I should've checked SQL Server after Rollup2. I'll either do a start over or try it out in VirtualBox first - something I should've been doing in the first place. Since I'm gonna start over anyway I might try to uninstall in reverse order just to see what happens though I'm pretty sure that won't work. BTW, would it be advantageous to use one of those uninstall/rollback-type utils to generate a before/after report? Granted it would be quite a list but I'm thinking this has something do with the crypt* files.
  11. Unofficial SP 5.2 for Microsoft Windows 2000 (WIP)

    SQL Server 2005 Express doesn't work with Rollup 2. If this topic has been covered somewhere please let me know. Been pulling out my hair on this one. Okay, I had Win2K Pro (non-server) on an old OptiPlex GX115 (PIII, 1GHz, 512MB, PCI graphics) I rescued from work a couple of years or so back and all was well. After rescuing another one (GX240, P4, 1.5GHz, 1GB, AGP) I decided I'd do a fresh install there but this time try out the unofficial updates. Tested two clean installs (USP5.1/Rollup2/UURollup v10d & SP4/Rollup1/Rollup2/UURollup). Went about installing the things I wanted and got around to Visual Studio C++ 2005 Express with SQL Server 2005 Express, it also installs .NET 2.0. Went fine sort of (msql would use a lot of cpu but otherwise...). After that I couldn't install any of the sql service packs. Each time the service would fail to start due to not being able to create a certificate. The install would fail and rollback. Not thinking it was related to the updates I was all over the web for days and weeks trying to figure out how to fix it. Trying all kinds of workarounds with certs, file/folder permissions, reg hacks, anything. I've had XP running on a GX260 (sort of sweet spot as everything ran so well). Before XP reaches EOL it was time to migrate that to something better and use the GX260 for win2k and end it there (P4, 2GHz, 2GB RAM, AGP). This time I installed SP4, Rollup 1, IE6 manually, and went through all the official updates from MS. Installed Visual Studio again followed by the sql server SP (jumped straight to SP3 but MS Update still kept showing it so I let it). No problems with installation or running. Followed it with SP4. Still good. Then I went and added Rollup2. Not sure if I followed up with UURollup right after or later but I lost SQL server again. The service wouldn't start due to not being able to create a certificate. Long-winded I know. :-) So my question is what part of Rollup 2 or UURollup is breaking the ssl/certs/security/etc and is there any way I can fix it? Is sql server a lost cause? Thanks, Marc