Thursday, June 23, 2011

History and introduction of Windows 2000 Operating System

Window2000, which is one of the most enticing and well endowed versions of Microsoft’s operating system, was introduced on 17th February 2000, with the main objective to run on business desktops, laptops, personal computers and servers. This incredible operating system is a successor to Windows NT4.0. Your system requires to have at least 64 MB of RAM to run this OS.

Windows 2000 was introduced by the family of Microsoft OS as a replacement of Windows NT. This version was originally named as Windows NT 5.0 then Window NT2000 and on October 1988, it was changed to Windows 2000.

Although, all Windows versions are released with code names like Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 (Asteroid) and Windows 2000 64-bit (Janus), Window2000 is the first version without a code name.

In September 1997, first beta for Window 2000 was released.

On April 29, 1999, beta 3 was out.

Between July and November 1988, three candidates were issued by Microsoft and finally on December 12, 1999, the operating system (to partners) released.

On 17 February 2000, the full version of Windows 2000 was available, so public could buy it.

It was planned that both Window 98 and Window NT4.0 would be replaced by Windows 2000 after the latter’s introduction. However, with the introduction of updated version of Windows 98 i.e. Windows 98 Second Edition (in 1999) and Windows Me (in late 2000) close to the release of Windows 2000 Service Pack 1, this replacement did not happen.

On September 29, 2000, Windows 2000 Datacenter Server with support for 32 processors was released by Microsoft, which targeted at large-scale computing systems.

Window 2000 editions

This OS is grouped into 4 divisions such as:
  • Professional: It is a replacement for Windows NT Workstation, which is used as client computer. It supports RAM of up to 4GB and up to two Pentium 133 processors.
  • Server: It has wide usages for print, web, application and file servers and support RAM up to 4GB and up to four processors.
  • Advanced Server: It is functional as an SQL server and with a support of up to 8GB of RAM and up to eight processors used in an enterprise network framework.
  • Datacenter Server: With RAM of up to 32GB and up to 32 processors, it is used in an enterprise network to support real time processing and extremely large databases.

Features Of Window 2000

  • Plug and play support
  • Support up to 10 displays simultaneously
  • Power-management
  • Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) support
  • Extensible Authentication Protocol support
  • Internet Explorer version 5 with XML support and Outlook Express version 5
  • FAT32 support and EFS (Encrypting File System) support
  • DVD support with auto-play and DVD movie
  • Internet Connection Sharing
  • Supports over 4000 printers, 700 network devices, 4200 modems, 55 scanners, 50 cameras, and a vast array of other hardware devices
  • IntelliMirror that supports auto rebuild of machines, mobile users and other features
  • Effortless device installation
  • Smart card support
  • Microsoft Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK) and Connection Point Services

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