At a glance
Unavailable, supported
Windows 2000 with SP4
GUI, Multi-tasking
Summary News Requirements Compatibility Interface Installation Variants
Versions Downloads Links Publisher Support Alternatives Secrets Pricing
Summary The Windows 2000 series is a graphical OS, designed for corporate workstations and servers. Windows 2000 Professional is the follow on to Windows NT, and adds FAT32 support, improved stability, broader range of device drivers including USB and IEEE 1394 support. For network environments, Active Directory was added to improve manageability and security.

Windows 2000 support and updates ended on July 13, 2010.
News Service packs released. See Downloads below.

1-May-2000 Missing Windows CD
Microsoft has changed the OEM policies for including Windows2000 Professional on a new computer. In most cases, to get the OEM pricing, computer manufacturers are not allowed to provide a Windows CD-ROM as has been done in the past. This means if your hard disk is corrupted, you have to buy a new full copy of Windows! Some manufacturers do include a recovery CD-ROM, with some, but not all of Windows files found on a normal Windows install CD. Often these "recovery" CD's will erase everything and start over with an image of the system as it was first shipped. [InfoWorld Pg 101]
Product Windows 2000 Professional
Processor Pentium 133 MHz or better, but you really ought to have more horsepower
RAM 32 MB (64-128 MB recommended)
Drive space 650 MB
Drives Runs from hard disk
Video VGA or better
File systems FAT, FAT32, NTFS
Compatibility Windows 16-bit programs (Windows 3.x type programs)
Windows 32-bit programs
DOS programs in a "DOS box" while Windows is running (not all programs run)
Interface Windows 2000 provides a GUI interface. It does supports a text-based DOS window while Windows is running. View Desktop
Installation Can be installed in its own primary partition on the first drive. When installing to any other partition( (logical or primary) on any drive, a small portion must be installed in a bootable FAT or FAT32 primary partition on the first drive.
Variants Professional edition (for workstations)
Windows Server
Windows Advanced Server
Windows DataCenter Server
Versions Windows release timeline
First edition - Released: Feb-2000
Service Pack 1 - Released 31-Jul-2000
Service Pack 2 - Released 16-May-2001
Service Pack 3 - Released 30-Jul-2002
Service Pack 4 - Released 26-Jun-2003
Rollup #1 - Released Jun-28-2005
Rollup #1 v2 - Released Sep-13-2005
Downloads Service Pack 4
Rollup 1 v2 for SP4 (Microsoft no longer offers this download as of Aug-2012)
Links Microsoft
Windows 2000 Home page
Books Books on Windows 2000 Professional  
Publisher Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052 USA

Phone 1-206-635-7000 (support)
Support Limited support to user's who purchased retail copies.
OEM users (i.e. included with a new PC) are referred back to the computer manufacturer for support.
Alternatives Windows 2008/2012 Server, FreeBSD, Linux, Solaris
Secrets Windows 2000 Setup Switches
Auto Filename/Folder completion - DOS box
Skip Wait for Login
Pricing Windows 2000 Professional $319
Windows 2000 Professional upgrade $219 (upgrade from Windows 95/98)
Windows 2000 Professional upgrade $149 (after $70 rebate, upgrade from NT 4.0/3.51)

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