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Product: Windows® 2000 Professional Operating System
Company: Microsoft Corporation
List Price: $319.00 
Review By: Julien Jay


Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: System Requirements
3: Pricing & Upgrades
4: Setup
5: Graphic User Interface
6: Hardware Features
7: File System
8: Dual Boot
9: Security & RAS
10: Laptop Support
11: Software & Gaming
12: Imaging Devices
13: Applets
14: Accessibility & MMC
15: Printers & Networking
16: Updates & Languages
17: Conclusion
18: Resources

During the past few months Activewin has been a leader in presenting our readers with the most up to date features and improvements that Windows 2000 has to offer. We are proud to present you all with our full and complete review on the just released Windows 2000 Professional Operating System.

Some may believe Windows 2000 is the successor of Windows 98SE. The fact is that Windows 2000 is the replacement for Microsoft's Windows NT business and network platform. Windows 2000 is a full operating system based on a full NT 32 bit engine that allows high end multi tasking, high security levels, and advanced networking features while still supporting DirectX and all the latest hardware.

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Here is a just quick run down of the features in Microsoft's Windows 2000 Professional Edition:

  • Windows File Protection
    Protects core system files from being overwritten by application installs. In the event a file is overwritten, Windows File Protection will replace that file with the correct version. By safeguarding system files in this manner, Windows 2000 mitigates many common system failures found in earlier versions of Windows.
  • Driver Certification
    Provides safeguards, assuring users that device drivers have not been tampered with and reducing the risk of users installing non-certified drivers.
  • Full 32-bit operating system
    Minimizes the chance of application failures and unplanned reboots.
  • Microsoft Installer
    Works with the Windows Installer Service, helping users install, configure, track, upgrade, and remove software programs correctly, minimizing the risk of user error and possible loss of productivity.
  • Windows Logo Program
    Provides assurance that applications have met a comprehensive set of standards developed by Microsoft in cooperation with customers and third party developers.
  • Dramatically Reduced Reboot Scenarios
    Eliminates most scenarios that forced users to reboot in Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 9x. Many software installations also will not require reboots.
  • System Preparation Tool
    Helps administrators clone computer configurations, systems, and applications, resulting in simpler, faster, and more cost-effective deployment.
  • Setup Manager
    Provides a graphical wizard that guides administrators in designing installation scripts.
  • Remote Installation Services (RIS)
    Permits an operating system installation across the network (including SysPrep images). RIS helps users save time and reduces deployment costs by allowing administrators to standardize settings to match organizational requirements. Although RIS requires Windows 2000 Server, it does not need to be installed on each client computer.
  • Multilingual User Interface (MUI)
    Changes the user interface, permitting you to create, read, and edit documents in a number of languages easily.
  • Faster Performance
    Provides 25 percent faster performance than Windows 9x on systems with 64 megabytes (MB) or more of memory.
  • Faster Multitasking
    Uses a full 32-bit architecture, allowing users to run more programs and perform more tasks at the same time than Windows 95 or Windows 98.
  • Scalable Memory and Processor Support
    Supports up to 4 gigabytes (GB) of RAM and up to two symmetric multiprocessors.
  • Peer to Peer Support for Win 9x and Win NT
    Enables Windows 2000 Professional to interoperate with earlier versions of Windows on a peer-to-peer level, allowing all resource sharing such as folders, printers, and peripherals.
  • Microsoft Windows Services for Unix 1.0
    Provides new interoperability enhancements for integrating both Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 into existing UNIX environments. Services for UNIX 1.0 provides a gateway for the Network File System (NFS) on Windows NT Server and Windows 2000 Server.
  • Personalized Menus
    Adapts the Start menu to the way you work by showing the applications you use most often.
  • Troubleshooters
    Assists users in configuring, optimizing, and troubleshooting numerous Windows 2000 functionalities, resulting in greater productivity, fewer help desk calls, and better customer service.
  • Preview windows for Multimedia
    Lets you view a snapshot of a multimedia file in Windows Explorer before actually opening the file.
  • More Wizards
    Makes it easier to perform routine or challenging tasks, resulting in fewer help desk calls and better customer service. For example, the Add Printer Wizard makes it easy to connect to local and network printers even when you're browsing the Web.
  • Windows NT Security Model
    Permits only authenticated users to access system resources. The security model includes components to control who accesses objects (such as files and shared printers), the actions an individual can take on an object, and the events that are audited.
  • Encrypting File System (EFS)
    Encrypts each file with a randomly generated key. The encryption and decryption processes are transparent to the user.
  • IP Security Support (IpSec)
    Helps protect data transmitted across a network. IPSec is an important part of providing security for virtual private networks (VPNs), which allow organizations to transmit data securely over the Internet.
  • Kerberos Support
    Provides industry-standard and high-strength authentication with fast, single logon to Windows 2000-based enterprise resources. Kerberos is an Internet-standard, which makes it especially effective for networks consisting of different operating systems such as UNIX.
  • Smart Card Support
    Integrates smart card capabilities into the operating system. Smart cards enhance software-only solutions such as client authentication, interactive logon, code signing, and secure e-mail.
  • Microsoft Management Console (MMC)
    Provides a centralized and consistent environment for management tools.
  • Recovery Console
    Provides a command-line console, allowing you to start and stop services, format drives, read and write data on a local drive, and perform many other administrative tasks.
  • Windows Management Instrumentation
    Provides a standardized infrastructure for monitoring and managing system resources, allowing system administrators to monitor and control the system via scripting and 3rd party applications.
  • IntelliMirror
    Gives users enhanced access to their information and software. IntelliMirrorTM management technologies greatly benefit mobile computer users by letting their computer resources "follow" them regardless of where they log on to the network. Offline files, a feature of Intellimirror, lets users keep working on key documents even if the network connection fails. Intellimirror requires Windows 2000 Server.
  • Safe mode startup option
    Allows you to boot your system at the most basic level using default settings and minimum device drivers.
  • Group Policy
    Permits administrators to define customized rules about virtually every facet of a user's computer environment such as security, user rights, desktop settings, applications, and resources, minimizing the likelihood of misconfiguration. Group Policy works in conjunction with the Active DirectoryTM service and requires Windows 2000 Server.
  • Hibernate
    Turns off your computer and monitor after a pre-determined time, while retaining your desktop on disk. This allows the system to be completely powered down. When you re-activate your computer, hibernate mode restores your programs and settings exactly as you left them.
  • Offline Files and folders
    Lets you disconnect from the network and work as if you were still connected. The Offline Files feature lets you mirror documents stored on the network to your computer.
  • Offline Viewing
    Makes entire Web pages with graphics available for viewing offline. You can view Web pages on your notebook computer when you don’t have a network or Internet connection.
  • Synchronization Manager
    Lets you compare and update your offline files and folders with those on the network.
  • Hot Docking
    Lets you dock or undock your notebook computer without changing hardware configuration or rebooting.
  • Easier remote configuration wizards
    Guide you through steps for setting up remote access to a network or virtual private network (VPN).
  • NetMeeting Lets you hold an international meeting without traveling. With NetMeeting® conferencing software you can collaborate in real-time using video teleconferencing, shared applications and file exchange.
  • Universal Serial Bus (USB) 
    Lets you connect and disconnect a wide array of peripherals such as joy sticks, scanners, and camcorders without configuring or rebooting your desktop or laptop.
  • IrDA support 
    Provides secure, wireless communications between two Windows 2000-based computers using the popular infrared protocol.
  • IEEE 1394 
    Provides a higher-bandwidth connection for devices that require faster data transfer.
  • Digital Devices 
    Supports removable storage devices such as DVD and Device Bay. Show your work with high-quality graphics with support for new display devices such as Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP), multiple video cards and monitors, OpenGL 1.2, DirectX® 7.0 API, and Video Port Extensions.
  • Plug and Play 
    Lets you automatically install new hardware with only minimal configuration. More than 6,500 devices now support this functionality.
  • Integrated Internet Explorer 5.01 
    Provides Internet Explorer 5.01, integrating your desktop environment with the Web.
  • Strong development platform 
    Support for Dynamic HTML Behaviors and XML gives developers the broadest range of options--with the fastest development time.
  • Search bar 
    Helps you quickly search for different types of information, such as Web pages or people's addresses. And choose which search engine you want to use--all from one location.
  • History bar 
    Helps you find your way back to sites you viewed in the past. The History bar not only tracks Web sites, but also intranet sites, network servers, and local folders.
  • Favorites 
    Helps you find and organize relevant information whether it's stored in files, folders, and Web sites.
  • Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) 
    Enables system administrators to deploy Internet Explorer 5.01 across platforms quickly and efficiently, installing only the components and custom applications they choose--all from one central location.
  • AutoComplete 
    Remembers where you've been by completing a URL as you type the first several characters into the address bar.
  • IntelliForms 
    Alleviates the tedium of filling out forms on the Web by automatically entering your name, address, or other information that you've securely stored on your computer.
  • AutoCorrect 
    Automatically corrects mistakes on common URL conventions such as http, .com, and .org.
  • Automated Proxy 
    Automatically locates a proxy server and configures Internet Explorer 5.01 to connect to the Internet through that server.
  • Internet Connection Sharing 
    Connects your home network or small office network to the Internet, using a dial-up or broadband connection. From a single computer, you can provide network address translation, addressing, and name resolution services for all computers on your home network.
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