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Can windows 2000 boot on an X230i Tablet

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Can windows 2000 boot on an X230i Tablet

#1 Post by Welsh-Tim » Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:46 am

Hi People,

I recently bought a Thinkpad X230i Tablet to run XP Tablet on, but had hoped to also use
win2k on another primary partition to manage/copy the XP OS and any other OS from Hidden
partitions as I've been doing on other hardware for the last 20 years. But when I came
to installing 2K it locked up each time during windows startup. (no messages or blue screens)

I've tried a few different variations with bios settings, but have had no luck.

My question is; has anyone managed to boot 2k on a X230 or similar machine?


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Re: Can windows 2000 boot on an X230i Tablet

#2 Post by farmall » Mon Jan 17, 2022 3:11 pm

Not I since there are much more powerful tools for the job but I quite like your idea of making a separate operating system partition as a toolkit especially on a tablet.

You're not alone and these fellows installed the (superior to W2K, though I always liked W2K) WinPE to hdd. PE is light, fast and designed for the tasks you mention and much more. I boot it from live media to install to, recover and troubleshoot any PC but since storage is cheap your way would be better for PCs with sufficient space. Search "windows pe hard disk install" for more:


https://superuser.com/questions/1660413 ... persistent

Alternate easy option is add an .iso image of any utility you like to the boot menu:

"PE Builder" utilities are available free both from Microsoft and others like AOMEI. MS DaRT tools are an option as are Sysinternal tools and all sorts of utilities hence the popularity of toolkit like

https://m.majorgeeks.com/files/details/ ... winpe.html which even if you don't choose it is well worth booting in a virtual machine to explore the tools. I keep VMs of my toolkit images with attached virtual hard disks for familiarization and testing:

If you've also interested in portable Windows 2000 this thread may help but some links are dead. http://reboot.pro/index.php?showtopic=6707

PE superseded other options for disk management and deployment long ago. It runs fine on my old T61s so an X230 would be ample.

FalconFour 4.0 is a multiboot image but lighter than the max'ed out PE builds: https://archive.org/details/f-4-ubcd-4.61

Your toolkit partition can contain Rufus and/or Ventoy for easy writing of USB sticks if you want to use a tool offline. I keep images on my phone's SD card and installed Ventoy (free) so I can write rescue USB drives anywhere using a cheap OTG cable.

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Re: Can windows 2000 boot on an X230i Tablet

#3 Post by Ibm1024 » Tue Apr 12, 2022 12:08 pm

The Thinkpad 60 series was the last to 'officially' support Win 2k. Its not the same but the classic mode on XP is close enough for the UI.

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