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Restore Cd for OLD thinkpad ?

Discussion in 'IBM Thinkpad' started by - Bobb -, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. - Bobb -

    - Bobb - Guest

    A friend (in another state) had an old A series ThinkPad with Win2000 on it
    and no labels on exterior of PC.
    It died and I volunteered to fix it. Easy enough - the HDD was bad.
    She has no restore CD. Cut to the question:
    how does licensing work these days on Windows 2000 ?
    If she DID buy a legit copy of Win2k SP4 on eBay , and installed it, when
    she goes to www.windowsupdate.com to get the latest (1000+) updates, would
    activation work ? Or would their server say " this copy not licensed" ?
    Have they disabled licensing for old OS'es ?
    - Bobb -, Apr 22, 2009
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  2. - Bobb -

    Baron Guest

    - Bobb - Inscribed thus:

    > A friend (in another state) had an old A series ThinkPad with Win2000
    > on it and no labels on exterior of PC.
    > It died and I volunteered to fix it. Easy enough - the HDD was bad.
    > She has no restore CD. Cut to the question:
    > how does licensing work these days on Windows 2000 ?
    > If she DID buy a legit copy of Win2k SP4 on eBay , and installed it,
    > when she goes to www.windowsupdate.com to get the latest (1000+)
    > updates, would activation work ? Or would their server say " this copy
    > not licensed" ? Have they disabled licensing for old OS'es ?


    Why not try a Linux distribution on it ! Start with a Live CD and go
    from there. As far as Wins is concerned I wouldn't waste my money.

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    Baron.
    Baron, Apr 23, 2009
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  3. "- Bobb -" <bobb@noemail.123> wrote in message
    news:gsneoa$7uo$...
    >A friend (in another state) had an old A series ThinkPad with Win2000 on it
    >and no labels on exterior of PC.
    > It died and I volunteered to fix it. Easy enough - the HDD was bad.
    > She has no restore CD. Cut to the question:
    > how does licensing work these days on Windows 2000 ?
    > If she DID buy a legit copy of Win2k SP4 on eBay , and installed it, when
    > she goes to www.windowsupdate.com to get the latest (1000+) updates, would
    > activation work ? Or would their server say " this copy not licensed" ?
    > Have they disabled licensing for old OS'es ?
    >

    Windows 2000 never did require connection to Microsoft to be "authorized."
    If there is a valid CD-key, it will install.
    Ballroom Dancer, Apr 23, 2009
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  4. - Bobb -

    - Bobb - Guest

    "Ballroom Dancer" <> wrote in message
    news:49f06efa$0$5476$...
    >
    > "- Bobb -" <bobb@noemail.123> wrote in message
    > news:gsneoa$7uo$...
    >>A friend (in another state) had an old A series ThinkPad with Win2000 on
    >>it and no labels on exterior of PC.
    >> It died and I volunteered to fix it. Easy enough - the HDD was bad.
    >> She has no restore CD. Cut to the question:
    >> how does licensing work these days on Windows 2000 ?
    >> If she DID buy a legit copy of Win2k SP4 on eBay , and installed it, when
    >> she goes to www.windowsupdate.com to get the latest (1000+) updates,
    >> would activation work ? Or would their server say " this copy not
    >> licensed" ?
    >> Have they disabled licensing for old OS'es ?
    >>

    > Windows 2000 never did require connection to Microsoft to be "authorized."
    > If there is a valid CD-key, it will install.
    >
    >

    but will it then work at www.windowsupdate.com ? I sent PC back to her.
    She's looking to buy a CD. Since her install will probably be dated ~2001,
    I'd like her to then fetch the latest Firefox, java etc.as well as (I'm
    guessing) 1000+ win2k, IE, WMP ... updates ! THAT's where I thought msft
    would say " bad s/n" or "too old to run install verification " etc . No ?
    Will it update OK from 8 yr old Win2000 SP1 CD for example ? Even if CD had
    been used on someone else's PC before ? ( she'll be buying online from
    someone claiming "new / never used CD...")
    They are not computer savvy so it's got to be a simple process to update. I
    can't have her loading firefox, then email , then browser etc - they have NO
    CLUE about that stuff. BUT if win2k could update verything from website (
    after 20 or so reboots) they could handle that.
    Thanks
    - Bobb -, Apr 23, 2009
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  5. Ralph A. Schmid, dk5ras, Apr 23, 2009
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  6. - Bobb -

    tony sayer Guest

    In article <gsq1k3$4co$>, - Bobb -
    <bobb@noemail.123> scribeth thus
    >
    >"Ballroom Dancer" <> wrote in message
    >news:49f06efa$0$5476$...
    >>
    >> "- Bobb -" <bobb@noemail.123> wrote in message
    >> news:gsneoa$7uo$...
    >>>A friend (in another state) had an old A series ThinkPad with Win2000 on
    >>>it and no labels on exterior of PC.
    >>> It died and I volunteered to fix it. Easy enough - the HDD was bad.
    >>> She has no restore CD. Cut to the question:
    >>> how does licensing work these days on Windows 2000 ?
    >>> If she DID buy a legit copy of Win2k SP4 on eBay , and installed it, when
    >>> she goes to www.windowsupdate.com to get the latest (1000+) updates,
    >>> would activation work ? Or would their server say " this copy not
    >>> licensed" ?
    >>> Have they disabled licensing for old OS'es ?
    >>>

    >> Windows 2000 never did require connection to Microsoft to be "authorized."
    >> If there is a valid CD-key, it will install.
    >>
    >>

    >but will it then work at www.windowsupdate.com ? I sent PC back to her.
    >She's looking to buy a CD. Since her install will probably be dated ~2001,
    >I'd like her to then fetch the latest Firefox, java etc.as well as (I'm
    >guessing) 1000+ win2k, IE, WMP ... updates ! THAT's where I thought msft
    >would say " bad s/n" or "too old to run install verification " etc . No ?
    >Will it update OK from 8 yr old Win2000 SP1 CD for example ? Even if CD had
    >been used on someone else's PC before ? ( she'll be buying online from
    >someone claiming "new / never used CD...")
    >They are not computer savvy so it's got to be a simple process to update. I
    >can't have her loading firefox, then email , then browser etc - they have NO
    >CLUE about that stuff. BUT if win2k could update verything from website (
    >after 20 or so reboots) they could handle that.
    >Thanks
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >

    AFAIK Windows 2K will update, just search out Service pack 4 (SP4) on
    the Microsoft website..

    Its Here...

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=DC27B8C6-2A5A-
    4399-AD3D-4A97A25F41D9&displaylang=en
    --
    Tony Sayer
    tony sayer, Apr 23, 2009
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  7. - Bobb -

    CBFalconer Guest

    Baron wrote:
    > - Bobb - Inscribed thus:
    >
    >> A friend (in another state) had an old A series ThinkPad with
    >> Win2000 on it and no labels on exterior of PC. It died and I
    >> volunteered to fix it. Easy enough - the HDD was bad. She has
    >> no restore CD. Cut to the question:
    >>
    >> how does licensing work these days on Windows 2000 ? If she
    >> DID buy a legit copy of Win2k SP4 on eBay , and installed it,
    >> when she goes to www.windowsupdate.com to get the latest
    >> (1000+) updates, would activation work ? Or would their server
    >> say " this copy not licensed" ? Have they disabled licensing
    >> for old OS'es ?

    >
    > Why not try a Linux distribution on it ! Start with a Live CD
    > and go from there. As far as Wins is concerned I wouldn't
    > waste my money.


    Agree. I suggest trying Ubuntu, and pick the LTS (long term
    service) versions. The latest is Ubuntu 8.04 (but not Kubuntu
    8.04). The numbers are year/month released. They will be
    supported for from 3 to 5 years.

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    [mail]: Chuck F (cbfalconer at maineline dot net)
    [page]: <http://cbfalconer.home.att.net>
    Try the download section.
    CBFalconer, Apr 24, 2009
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  8. - Bobb -

    - Bobb - Guest

    I'll send the info along
    Thanks to all


    "tony sayer" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > In article <gsq1k3$4co$>, - Bobb -
    > <bobb@noemail.123> scribeth thus
    >>
    >>"Ballroom Dancer" <> wrote in message
    >>news:49f06efa$0$5476$...
    >>>
    >>> "- Bobb -" <bobb@noemail.123> wrote in message
    >>> news:gsneoa$7uo$...
    >>>>A friend (in another state) had an old A series ThinkPad with Win2000 on
    >>>>it and no labels on exterior of PC.
    >>>> It died and I volunteered to fix it. Easy enough - the HDD was bad.
    >>>> She has no restore CD. Cut to the question:
    >>>> how does licensing work these days on Windows 2000 ?
    >>>> If she DID buy a legit copy of Win2k SP4 on eBay , and installed it,
    >>>> when
    >>>> she goes to www.windowsupdate.com to get the latest (1000+) updates,
    >>>> would activation work ? Or would their server say " this copy not
    >>>> licensed" ?
    >>>> Have they disabled licensing for old OS'es ?
    >>>>
    >>> Windows 2000 never did require connection to Microsoft to be
    >>> "authorized."
    >>> If there is a valid CD-key, it will install.
    >>>
    >>>

    >>but will it then work at www.windowsupdate.com ? I sent PC back to her.
    >>She's looking to buy a CD. Since her install will probably be dated
    >>~2001,
    >>I'd like her to then fetch the latest Firefox, java etc.as well as (I'm
    >>guessing) 1000+ win2k, IE, WMP ... updates ! THAT's where I thought
    >>msft
    >>would say " bad s/n" or "too old to run install verification " etc . No ?
    >>Will it update OK from 8 yr old Win2000 SP1 CD for example ? Even if CD
    >>had
    >>been used on someone else's PC before ? ( she'll be buying online from
    >>someone claiming "new / never used CD...")
    >>They are not computer savvy so it's got to be a simple process to update.
    >>I
    >>can't have her loading firefox, then email , then browser etc - they have
    >>NO
    >>CLUE about that stuff. BUT if win2k could update verything from website (
    >>after 20 or so reboots) they could handle that.
    >>Thanks
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>

    > AFAIK Windows 2K will update, just search out Service pack 4 (SP4) on
    > the Microsoft website..
    >
    > Its Here...
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=DC27B8C6-2A5A-
    > 4399-AD3D-4A97A25F41D9&displaylang=en
    > --
    > Tony Sayer
    >
    >
    >
    - Bobb -, Apr 25, 2009
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  9. "- Bobb -" <bobb@noemail.123> wrote in message
    news:gsq1k3$4co$...
    >
    > "Ballroom Dancer" <> wrote in message
    > news:49f06efa$0$5476$...
    >>

    > but will it then work at www.windowsupdate.com ? I sent PC back to her.
    > She's looking to buy a CD. Since her install will probably be dated
    > ~2001, I'd like her to then fetch the latest Firefox, java etc.as well
    > as (I'm guessing) 1000+ win2k, IE, WMP ... updates ! THAT's where I
    > thought msft would say " bad s/n" or "too old to run install verification
    > " etc . No ? Will it update OK from 8 yr old Win2000 SP1 CD for example ?
    > Even if CD had been used on someone else's PC before ? ( she'll be buying
    > online from someone claiming "new / never used CD...")
    > They are not computer savvy so it's got to be a simple process to update.
    > I can't have her loading firefox, then email , then browser etc - they
    > have NO CLUE about that stuff. BUT if win2k could update verything from
    > website ( after 20 or so reboots) they could handle that.
    > Thanks
    >

    Microsoft's update is not going to install such non-Microsoft programs as
    Firefox. However, I replaced a HD in an older computer about 3 weeks ago,
    installed from the Windows 2000 Professional CD with the CD key; Windows
    Update then updated itself, and several reboots later, the computer was
    fully up to date. Note that updates for W2000 will soon be like W98 - no
    more new ones. It was necessary to update from SP1 to SP3 (I think, I still
    had SP4 and used it) before Windows Update would work, it also protested
    about the old version of IE. I updated IE to version 6 (newer versions will
    not work on W2000), then all else went well.

    If someone is doing this that is not computer savvy, you will probably have
    to write them a sequence. I would suggest: Install 2K from the original CD,
    get that working. I suspect that the ThinkPad will at least work for basic
    functionality, though some IBM drivers may be needed also - not covered in
    this. After W2000 install, download and install SP4. Next, download and
    install IE6. Then open up Windows Update and start that process.

    >
    >
    >
    Ballroom Dancer, Apr 25, 2009
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  10. "- Bobb -" <bobb@noemail.123> wrote in message
    news:gsq1k3$4co$...
    >

    BTW - I see several posts suggesting various versions of Linux. If the
    machine belongs to a complete computer novice, I'd install Windows 2000. Not
    knocking Linux, most of the newer versions install very well - but the first
    time some of the multitude of config files gets something wrong - the person
    will not have a clue. They may also not find any local shops that will be
    able to get it going. There is more likelihood of a local shop that can fix
    Windows problems. If they have a local friend that is a Linux guur, that is
    another matter.
    Ballroom Dancer, Apr 25, 2009
    #10
  11. - Bobb -

    - Bobb - Guest

    "Ballroom Dancer" <> wrote in message
    news:49f283cd$0$5476$...
    >>>

    >> but will it then work at www.windowsupdate.com ? I sent PC back to her.
    >> She's looking to buy a CD. Since her install will probably be dated
    >> ~2001, I'd like her to then fetch the latest win2k, IE, WMP ... updates
    >> ! THAT's where I thought msft would say " bad s/n" or "too old to run
    >> install verification " etc . No ? Will it update OK from 8 yr old Win2000
    >> SP1 CD for example ? Even if CD had been used on someone else's PC before
    >> ? ( she'll be buying online from someone claiming "new / never used
    >> CD...")
    >>

    > I replaced a HD in an older computer about 3 weeks ago, installed from the
    > Windows 2000 Professional CD with the CD key; Windows Update then updated
    > itself, and several reboots later, the computer was fully up to date. It
    > was necessary to update from SP1 to SP3 (I think, I
    > still had SP4 and used it) before Windows Update would work, it also
    > protested about the old version of IE. I updated IE to version 6 (newer
    > versions will not work on W2000), then all else went well.


    Recap:
    Her disk had bad spot. I got it fixed and started Win2000 SP1 install. After
    first reboot ( when it asks for language, kb type etc) I stopped and she was
    going to use her restore CD. I sent PC back to her. Well, she has no restore
    CD.

    NOW:
    I can send her W2k SP1 Cd that I used, have her continue - THEN update to
    SP4,
    BUT
    can I send her W2k SP4 CD and have it just continue OK? Or would she have to
    reboot/restart install with SP4 CD in there ?
    ( just trying to save her from starting from scratch but forget which files
    are used already/different on SP1 vs SP4)

    Either way - I'm done with it after that !
    Thanks for the advice.
    - Bobb -, Apr 30, 2009
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  12. "- Bobb -" <bobb@noemail.123> wrote in message
    news:gtcb8d$ol4$-september.org...

    (snip)
    > NOW:
    > I can send her W2k SP1 Cd that I used, have her continue - THEN update to
    > SP4,
    > BUT
    > can I send her W2k SP4 CD and have it just continue OK? Or would she have
    > to reboot/restart install with SP4 CD in there ?
    > ( just trying to save her from starting from scratch but forget which
    > files are used already/different on SP1 vs SP4)
    >
    > Either way - I'm done with it after that !
    > Thanks for the advice.
    >

    I don't know exactly what files are changed by SP4, but there are a bunch of
    them. If it was me, I would continue with the original SP1 install, get
    Windows 2000 running, then update to SP4. Otherwise, I would expect
    possibility of mixed versions causing problems.
    Jim
    Ballroom Dancer, May 1, 2009
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