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Windows 2000 Install Loop
So, I have tried to install both Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Advanced Server, both of which have the same problem. I can get through the first part of setup (the blue background and plain text screen) and I can complete the second part of setup (the GUI), but when it reboots at the end of the second setup phase, it restarts the second phase of setup all over again. Does anyone know how to remedy this? I am using VirtualBox with all of its recommended settings for the VM.
This is because there is a race condition that happens too fast. Hypervisors like VirtualBox and VMWare tends to emulate your current hardware instead of actual one, and thus can cause problems if your processor or requests is too fast. You can use "VBoxManage setextradata "VM name" "VBoxInternal/Devices/piix3ide/0/Config/IRQDelay" 1" command without the quotes before the "VBoxManage" and after the "1" to set a delay.
Thanks for the info.
Try using an emulator instead of VMware, 86Box works fine for Windows 2000.
This is a batch I wrote that edits the registry that setup uses when it boots. None of the base disks have it. If you apply this, the blue-screen stuff should disappear.
Alternately, use a smaller disk to install Windows 2000 on.
Remove the Network Adapter, USB Controller, Sound Card and Printer from the Virtual Device and start over from full scratch. Add the hardware back once setup and everything completed.
PS; Don't forget to remove the CD-ROM at the end when it tells you.