Windows 2000 documentation covers information on how to install the operating system in a virtual machine. For additional information about the operating system, refer to the instructions included in the installation media.

Windows 2000 documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

You can install Windows 2000 in a virtual machine using the corresponding Windows2000 distribution CD.


Before you begin, verify that the following tasks are complete:

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the Windows 2000 CD in the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Power on the virtual machine to start installing Windows 2000.
  3. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  4. Install VMware Tools.

VMware Tools in a Windows 2000 Guest

  • After you install VMware Tools in a Windows 2000 guest, change the Windows 2000 screen resolution to more than 640x480 pixels. If you do not change it, Windows 2000 uses the standard VGA driver, and performance will suffer.
  • For information on VMware Tools, see Knowledge base article 1014294, General VMware Tools installation instructions, at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014294.

Knowledge Base Articles for Windows 2000

The following link refers to knowledge base articles on operating system specific issues. See VMware Knowledge Base for a list of known issues about the operating system.

VMware Compatibility Guide

The VMware Compatibility Guide Web site lists supported guest and host operating systems and provides related support information.

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