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Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Upgrade - Old Version

Platform : Windows 2000
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Full Product Built on NT Technology Windows 2000 Professional offers rock-solid reliability and improved manageability that simplify desktop management. And its integrated Web capabilities and broad support for mobile computers and hardware devices make it easy for business users to connect to the Internet and work anywhere anytime. Windows 2000 Professional is built upon the rock-solid reliability of Windows NT technology which makes it significantly more reliable than either Windows 95 or Windows 98 technology. Reliability improvements in Windows 2000 Professional make it even more stable than Windows NT Workstation. Windows 2000 Professional offers high system uptime dynamic system configuration and resilience to application failures. The support for standards-based security in Windows 2000 Professional protects corporate data in stand-alone and networked environments. Windows 2000 Professional offers a set of built-in tools that make it easier to deploy and manage. In addition Windows 2000 Professional offers an intelligent user interface that adapts to the way users work thereby making the users more efficient. Windows 2000 Professional extends the capability of notebooks through support for Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) Smart Battery and Advanced Virtual Private Network (VPN). It enables users to Work Anywhere Anytime through support for offline folders and files. The improved hardware support in Windows 2000 Professional includes support for the latest hardware standards including Universal Serial Bus (USB) Infrared Data Association (IrDA) and IEEE 1394. Windows 2000 Professional is designed to make it easier for organizations to embrace the Internet. The built-in Internet Explorer (IE) a tightly integrated browser provides users with a faster and richer Internet experience. With support for Dynamic HTML (DHTML) and Extensible Markup Language.


Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional is the most reliable desktop operating system for business. Building on the power of Windows NT and the ease of using Windows 98, Windows 2000 is the best choice for work environments--big and small. Windows 2000 Professional offers the launching pad businesses need to benefit from the productivity and Internet applications that they use most. When combined with Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Professional is the foundation for the distributed platform that will optimize your business for today's dynamic work environment. The built-in Windows 98 business features include a simplified user interface, improved Plug and Play, Power Management, and support for a broad range of hardware devices. It's more reliable, secure, and manageable than Windows NT Workstation because of its new file encryption system and application management tools. Windows 2000 Professional was designed for business solutions and is not intended to replace Windows 95 or 98 for entertainment, gaming, or typical home use.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • ASIN: B00003JAU7
  • Item model number: B23-00079
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 2, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,669 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful By 2SLS on February 17, 2000
Let me tell you Microsoft has done something right finally. Windows 2000 has the stability of NT and the compatability of 98(well almost). I have it running for a week(I had advanced copy) so far and there hasn't been a crash nor a blue screen of death like in Windows 98 SE. The basic requirement I think is a lot of ram, 64+ is fine but I think 128 is good and 256 the optimal. Windows 2000 Professional is easy to use, it looks just like Windows 98 except underneath all of it, it's the NT kernel, which means stability. Windows 2000 has gotten rid of DOS(almost) there is very little dos support and you may not be able to play certain legacy games. The good thing is that companies are writing drivers so that there is a lot of compatability with new things. Basically everything you have in Win98 can probably run in Win2000. There is a program you can download at Microsoft.com to check if there are any compatability issues. The fact that Microsoft must first approve software drivers before it is made available to the public is another boon. I hope this has helped you! Windows 2000 is really great compared to Win98 or 95!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan DeWoskin on September 8, 2001
If you're a gamer, you will be disappointed with this OS, because it is not designed to support many popular Win9x games. Happily, this is the ONLY drawback to Windows 2000. In every other respect, this operating system is excellent! For the first time ever, Microsoft brought a product to market that was solid and reliable from the moment you install it.
A compatibility checker program is included on the installation disk to warn you if you have hardware that lacks Windows 2000 support. If you have a popular computer platform, such as a Dell or Compaq, most (if not all) of the necessary drivers will be setup during the installation.
My computer consulting business depends on a solid and reliable operating system. My laptop came with Windows Me and crashed DAILY! Why Bill Gates pushed Windows Me into production without the same care as Windows 2000 is a mystery and a shame.
Here's the deal...
-If you have Windows 98 and use your machine specifically for business, GET WINDOWS 2000! Don't wait for XP. You will pay a lot for multimedia features that require more memory and processor power.
-If you're into gadgets, music and video games don't bother with Windows 2000. Windows 9x/Me will play your titles much better than Windows 2000. You can also wait for Windows XP Home or Professional editions, which Microsoft claims has twice the software compatibility of Windows 2000 and is backward compatible all the way back to DOS. In addition, you will get the stability of Windows NT with your gaming and office work. Bear in mind that XP is for computers less than three years old. Make sure you meet the hardware requirements!
-If your machine is on the older side, (Pentium II 200Mhz or slower) you will not be happy with the XP upgrade.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By impitbosshereonlevel2 on June 12, 2002
As it often happens with Microsoft, Windows 2000 is another mystery. It was released after one disaster (Windows ME) and before another one (XP).
True, it's not as multimedia-friendly as XP. But 2000 is true to its goal - successor to Windows NT. It's stable as no other Windows OS, much more multimedia-friendly than NT ever was and doesn't require devices made yesterday - it flawlessly supports all devices I currently have (and some of them date from 1992).
From a developer's point of view, 2000 is robust, stable and doesn't waste CPU cycles on stupid things, like soccermomish GUI (*cough* XP! *cough*). I would even go so far as to say that it runs faster on older systems than Windows NT 4 itself (the pinnacle of all things minimum).
I often toyed with the idea of switching to Linux, but Linux GUIs are still either a) too crash-prone or b) unpolished and repugnant to the eye (all this if you look past software availability limitations). Windows 2000 offers the stability of a Unix command-prompt with a pleasing GUI - a combination that will probably not be achieved any time soon.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ken on February 18, 2000
I want to start off by saying this is an AWSOME OS! I'm not going to say I'm this great programmer who "Knows what's best" but it is great... BUT! ... it's been released 3 months two soon! I just spent over $900 upgrading a 3-month-old computer and I can't... a) Burn any cds, HP told me a driver for their burners would be out in 4-5 months b) I can't play games with my new Annihilator Pro, "which I'm REALLY mad". Creative gave me a 3-4 month wait on drivers c) The SB Live! Cards will work... but ONLY the basics, like playing sound. d) Diamond mm (for modem) didn't even plan on having a win 2k driver, so that's out the window! Those are just a few of the "small" details that add up to a big "MS Word Only" machine When new drivers start coming out this OS will be great, It has NEVER crashed (about 3 weeks now) and if a program crashes ONLY the program shuts down, not all of windows, it's great. If your home is networked than you might want to consider this. My network (1 server, 4 computers, 1 print server, 1 router) has never worked this smoothly, and I've never had this much control over it. Like Microsoft, Amazon, PC mag and many others say DON'T UPGRADE IF YOUR A HOME USER! Wait for Windows 98 millennium. Feel free to email me if you have any other questions.
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