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Windows Operating Systems - Windows 2000

Built on NT Technology and an easy-to-use, familiar Windows® 98 user-interface, Windows 2000 Professional makes business users more productive. Its integrated Web capabilities and broad support for mobile computers and hardware devices makes Windows 2000 the easy way for business users to connect to the Internet anywhere and anytime. Windows 2000 Professional, MultiLanguage Version builds on multilingual support in other versions of the operating system. The MultiLanguage Version is the only version that can switch the language employed for the user interface.

With the Windows® 2000 Server operating system, Microsoft has accomplished a goal rarely achieved in the software industry: delivered a product that is evolutionary and revolutionary at the same time. Evolutionary in that Windows 2000 builds on the great things about the Windows NT® Server 4.0 operating system. Revolutionary in that Windows 2000 Server sets a new standard for how well an operating system can be integrated with Web, application, networking, communication, and infrastructure services. For the first time, you have an easy choice to make about the next server operating system you deploy--whatever your needs.

Windows® 2000 Advanced Server operating system contains all of the features and functionality of the standard version of Windows 2000 Server, plus additional features for organizations that require higher levels of scalability, reliability, and availability.

Windows 2000 doesn't use a 9x kernel, which is the "core" of the operating system, it uses a NT (New Technologies) kernel. The difference between the 2 is stability. WindowsNT and Windows 2000 has dramatically increased stability. If your using Windows 98 SE (Second Edition) you may not notice a bigger difference as SE has an improved kernel. One of the main problems with Windows 2000 is compatibility. Windows 2000 isn't compatible to all hardware and software. Though Microsoft is working on an added driver database most likely there is a chance you could experience problems with hardware, with no drivers installed or the wrong drivers installed. If your a fan of DOS games like Doom, and Duke Nukem 3D you can forget about it, Windows 2000 is basically has like no DOS, so most likely the dos games will not work. If you have only been using Windows for a year and a half or less, you are not an Advanced computer user, do not use a network or have a business, Windows 2000 is most likely not for you and you should explore the operating system before upgrading.

What's the difference between Windows 2000 and Windows XP?

Windows 2000 and Windows XP are essentially the same operating system (known internally as Windows NT 5.0 and Windows NT 5.1, respectively.)

Windows 2000 benefits:

  • Windows 2000 has lower system requirements, and has a simpler interface (no "Styles" to mess with).
  • Windows 2000 is slightly less expensive, and has no product activation.
  • Windows 2000 has been out for a while, and most of the common problems and security holes have been uncovered and fixed.
  • Third-party software and hardware products that aren't yet XP-compatible may be compatible with Windows 2000; check the manufacturers of your devices and applications for XP support before you upgrade.