You could go with VirtualBox. It creates a virtual machine with virtual hardware within your win2k install that you "install" mint into. It allows you to run Windows and Linux simultaneously without rebooting.
There are two versions: OSE - Open Source Edition ( does not have USB support but depending on what kind of usb devices you are running there are ways around that) and the "Personal Use" version ( still free ) that has all the bells and whistles including USB
With VirtualBox just remember the "Only Download on the Six" rule:
This was from their support forums:
The VMware team and the VBox team have somewhat different philosophies re new versions. VMware seem to release them every couple of years. VBox has issued new versions (X.Y) every 3-6 months with dot releases in between. The .0 versions have a reasonable chunk of new functionality but stability problems with this. The last most stable releases where 1.5.6, 1.6.6 and 2.0.6.
I can personally attest to the fact that the statement above is absolutely correct http://www.virtualbox.org/