Windows 2000 is a part of Windows NT family, which was released by Microsoft on February 17, 2000. Windows 2000 was called Windows NT 5.0 at the beginning. Windows 2000 is available in four different editions including Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server. Each edition aims to different market. For instance, Windows 2000 Professional is available in personal and business computers. Windows 2000 Server and Advanced Server editions work respectively in small-to-medium business and medium-to-large businesses. Microsoft stopped providing new security updates for Windows 2000 in 2010.
Windows 2000 Professional:
>> Windows 2000 Professional supports both single and dual CPU system
>> 133 MHZ or higher frequency Pentium level compatible CPU
>> The minimum internal memory is 64MB and the maximum internal memory is up to 4GB. It is able to improve the performance of system response with more internal memory.
Windows 2000 Server:
>> Windows 2000 Server supports 4 CPU systems at most
>> 133 MHZ or higher frequency Pentium level compatible CPU
>> The minimum internal memory of Windows 2000 Server is 128MB and the maximum internal memory is 8GB (256MB is the ideal internal memory of Windows 2000 Server)
It is necessary to know all the information to enable your computer to work with the best performance.
1. Windows 2000 only supports Internet Explorer 6 and its previous version, the later version is not compatible with Windows 2000.
Internet Explorer 6 is compatible with Windows NT 4.0, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.
Internet Explorer 7 is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
Internet Explorer 8 is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7.
Internet Explorer 9 is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Since Windows 2000 is only compatible with Internet Explorer 6 and its previous version, Windows Internet Explorer may stop working if you install the incompatible version on Windows 2000.
2. Windows 2000 are not compatible with MSE antivirus software
MES, namely Microsoft Security Essentials, is antivirus software developed by Microsoft. MES antivirus-software works perfectly to protect your Windows computer from attacking by virus or Trojan under Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 OS, but it is not compatible with Windows 2000 operating system. You have to install an antivirus program which supports Windows 2000 in order to protect your computer from suffering any virus infection risk. Without any useful antivirus software, your computer probably takes a big risk in which situation you may meet various kinds of disaster such as system crash, partition lost, data loss, etc.
Windows 2000 stop error, also called blue screen of death, usually indicates that some error occurring in Windows 2000 system and lead your computer to stop working normally. Computer shows blue screen of death and then reboots automatically when any Windows system shows stop error message. This issue often occurs due to hardware problem, configuration issue, virus infection, hard drive failure, software conflict and more.
Hardware problem – If Windows 2000 reports stop error message and reboots suddenly after installation of any new hardware, you can remove the new added hardware to see if the problem can be resolved. If Windows 2000 shows stop error message because existing hardware is faulty or failed, you can also remove it or replace the faulty component in the hardware. In order to know which component is faulty, you can run hardware diagnostics provided by system manufacturer.
Configuration issue – If Windows 2000 shows stop error message due to configuration issue, you can check the configuration of hardware, device driver and more.
Virus infection – If it is virus infection that cause stop error on Windows 2000, you should update the anti-virus software on your computer and run it to check and remove all viruses and spyware from the computer.
Hard drive failure – If Windows 2000 stops working due to hard drive failure, you can run Windows built-in Error-checking tool to scan and repair bad sectors on hard drive. In addition, you can change a new hard drive to replace the failed one. Hard drive is an important part on every computer, because it is used for system install and data storage. You should not ignore this problem when a hard drive failed due to bad sectors or any reason, which would cause system crash and even lead all data to be lost on your computer.
Software conflict – If you install software which is not compatible with Windows 2000, it may cause stop error on Windows 2000 due to software conflict. Before installing any software on your computer, you should make it clear whether it is compatible with the system in case of unexpected disaster caused by software conflict.
Have you receive message telling "NTLDR is missing, press any key to restart" when you tried to boot your computer from Windows 2000? After pressing any key, you received another message showing "boot from CD: disk boot failure, insert system disk and press Enter"?
NTLDR, namely NT Loader, is a hidden and read-only system file located in system partition. It is the boot loader for Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 / XP / Server 2003. When NTLDR is missing, you will receive message showing above and cannot enter system normally, so it is necessary to make a backup for it to avoid such kind of problem.
Usually, you may be asked to press any key to restart your computer due to following reasons:
>> The basic input / output system (BIOS) is outdated on Windows 2000
>> System partition is not active
>> NTLDR is missing
>> Nedetect.com is missing
>> Boot.ini is missing
1. Check if the BIOS installed on Windows 2000 is up to date.
2. Check if the system partition is set as active partition. Use partition magic software to set the system partition as active if it is not.
3. Use the Windows 2000 CD-ROM to repair the Windows 2000 startup environment.
If Windows 2000 fails to detect USB hard drive, you cannot read or write data from the disk drive. Generally speaking, Windows 2000 supports all types of external hard drive including Seagate, Maxtor, Hitachi, Samsung, Toshiba, Panasonic, Western Digital, etc. However, external HDD probably fails to be recognized by Windows 2000 when it is corrupted due to virus infection, bad sectors, improper operation, etc or the Windows 2000 system is crashed. Before fixing the issue that Windows 2000 fails to recognize external HDD, you should check if the USB port of your computer is broken. USB port broken is a common reason that leads an external HDD to be undetectable by computer. In addition, if there is essential data on the external hard drive, you had better get back what you need before trying any method to resolve the problem.
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