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Windows 2000
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operating system (Win2k, W2k, NT5, Windows NT 5.0) An
PCs and servers, as the successor to Windows NT 4.0.
Early beta versions were referred to as "Windows NT 5.0".
Windows 2000 was officially released on 2000-02-17.
Windows 2000 is most commonly used on Intel x86 and
Pentium processors, with a DEC Alpha version rumoured.
Unlike Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 is not available for
Windows 2000's user interface is very similar to Windows95 or Windows NT 4.0 with integrated Internet Explorer, or
It is available in four flavours:
- Professional: the client version, meant for desktop
workstations, successor to Windows NT Workstation.
- Server: "entry-level" server, designed for small
deployments, and departmental file, print, or intranet
- Advanced Server: high throughput, larger scale servers
and applications, and small to medium scale web sites.
- Data Center Server: software for large-scale server
clusters (in development as of 2000-03-14).
New features in Windows 2000 include:
- Greatly improved built-in security mechanisms, including
- Integrated web browser - Internet Explorer 5.0.
- Integrated web server - IIS 5.0
- Terminal services for displaying application interfaces on
remote computers (similar to X-Windows).
- File protection that prevents user programs from
accidentally deleting or overwriting critical system files.
- Improved hardware support, including Plug-and-Play, DVD,
- Improved user interface, including a single point to control
the entire system.
- Improved management tools, including remote administration.
Minimum system requirements, according to Microsoft, are
Pentium-133 MHz CPU, 64 MB RAM, 650 MB of harddisk space. These are for W2K Professional, others require