When installing Windows 2000 watch the file copy window after setup of the network interface card. This would be
the last copy before it is finished installing. The install window will stop being the active window as it is running a background task. Just click on the window to make it active again. This may happen once or twice during the install. If you do this you can greatly speed up the install of Windows. It seems that Microsft forgot to make the window active again which means it gets background task priority, slowing the install down.