2000 Professional Features
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.
Provides safeguards, assuring users that device drivers have not
been tampered with and reducing the risk of users installing
Full 32-bit operating system
Minimizes the chance of application failures and unplanned reboots.
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
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
System Preparation Tool
Helps administrators clone computer configurations, systems, and
applications, resulting in simpler, faster, and more cost-effective
Provides a graphical wizard that guides administrators in designing
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.
Provides 25 percent faster performance than Windows 9x on systems
with 64 megabytes (MB) or more of memory.
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
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.
Adapts the Start menu to the way you work by showing the
applications you use most often.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lets you compare and update your offline files and folders with
those on the network.
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.
Provides secure, wireless communications between two Windows 2000-based
computers using the popular infrared protocol.
Provides a higher-bandwidth connection for devices that require faster
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remembers where you've been by completing a URL as you type the first
several characters into the address bar.
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.
Automatically corrects mistakes on common URL conventions such as http,
.com, and .org.
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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