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Listed below are the requirements for Windows 2000.
Processor: Intel Pentium 133 mhz or better. Recommended: Pentium 500 mhz or better.
Memory: 64 MB or better. Recommend: 128 MB or better.
HDD: Typical Installation is 1 GB. You should install it on a drive thats 2 gigabytes or better. Recommended: 6 GB or better.
Display: VGA 800x600 or better. Recommend: SVGA 1024x768 or better.
Keyboard: 101 keys or better.
Mouse: Yes.
Drives: CD-ROM and 3.5 inch drive.
Just like Windows Me, some of the most common problems during a Windows Me installation is the memory or hard disk drive space. I would make sure I have enough space for Windows Me and a little extra space for applications and games and over 64 MB of RAM.

Welcome to Windows 2000!
Once your first boot your computer, you come to a password prompt. It will first say "Administrator" and you dont have to type in a password, you can just click Ok. Then you arrive at the Windows 2000 desktop. Nothing really new. Its just like the Windows Me desktop. Same Windows layout and Smart Menus as Windows Me. Windows 2000 doesnt use the 9x kernal. Kernal is the "core" of the Operating System. Windows 2000 is based on the NT (New Technologies) kernal. Whats the difference? More and improved stability.

Changing and creating things
Same as Windows 9x, Me.
How to change the Background: Right Click on the desktop and click Properties now you are at the Background menu and you can select the background you like. Just click on the one you like and click Ok
How to change the screensaver and display: Same as how to change the background. When your in Properties, just click on the different menus such as Screensaver and Display.
How to create a shortcut: Right click on the desktop and choose New and then click Shortcut. A screen will pop up to choose the program you want to create a shortcut for. For example, if you wanted to create a shortcut on your desktop for a program called "Ultra Solitaire" you just find the folder its in, such as C:\Ultra\ and click the file that launchs the program such as ultrasol.exe. Next you choose the name for the shortcut and click Ok. If you dont understand this, play around with it. Its really easy.
How to move and copy files: To move a file, right-click on it and select Cut now open the folder where you want to place the file in. Now right click and select Paste and there you go. To copy a file, follow the same directions except right click on a file and select Copy and do the same thing from there on.
How to launch a program: To launch a program, click on the icon for it on the desktop or goto Start, Programs and find it somewhere in there.
What happened to File Manager?: If you still want to use File Manager, goto Start, Run and type winfile.exe. But Windows 95 doesnt use the File Manager anymore, it uses the Windows Explorer. Windows Explorer is very easy to use, if you know how to use File Manager and how to copy and paste files, you will be able to use it.
How can I make a folder: To make a create a folder is like creating a shortcut, right click anywhere on the desktop or Windows Explorer and select New then select Folder. You will be prompted to give the folder a name. And there you go. If you dont want to right click, then open Windows Explorer and click the menu File, and select New. Really easy stuff.
Wheres the Control Panel?: Click Start and click Settings and choose Control Panel.
How can I search for a file?: Click Start and choose Find and select Files and folders.

Whats New?
1. Windows Installer: 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.
2. 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.
3. System Preparation Tool: Helps administrators clone computer configurations, systems, and applications.
4. More memory and processor support: Supports up to 4 gigabytes (GB) of RAM and up to two symmetric multiprocessors.
5. Faster Multitasking: 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.
6. More and better wizards: Makes it easier to perform routine or challenging tasks, resulting in fewer help desk calls and better customer service.
7. Hibernate: 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.

Windows 2000 Errors
1. My keyboard and mouse arent working!
Check to see if your keyboard and mouse are plugged in correctly, or restart the computer without touching any keys. For your mouse, check to see if your mouse is plugged in correctly, and make sure you have the correct drivers for it, if it still doesnt work, get a new mouse.
2. The shortcut is invalid.
Check to see if the shortcut is too the right program, or check to make sure the file that the shortcut is too is still on your computer. If not, just delete the shortcut or make a new one.
3. Programs and programs pop up when I start my computer.
Edit the Startup group by deleting the shortcut to the programs. If that doesnt work, then open the program and edit the program preferences.
4. Whenever I left click, it brings up a right click menu.
This is very annoying, so just click on the taskbar and it should work. If not, restart your computer.
5. I am very low on space.
Empty the Recycle Bin and then right click on the recycle bin and select Properties and then choose the option Dont send files to the Recycle Bin and then click OK and next go through your hard drive and delete unneeded/unused files. Or click Start, then Programs, then Accesories , next click System Tools and choose Disk Cleanup. Now choose the drive you want to clean up and select a clean method.

Windows 2000 FAQs
1. Is Windows 2000 good for gaming?
Yes. Windows 2000 is now very suitable for gaming with recently released games, especially ones from Microsoft. However, Microsoft has been releasing compatiblity updates on their website to fix issues with some older games. There may be some very early games (especially DOS) that will not work on Windows 2000.
2. Is File Manager included in Windows 2000?
No. When you install Windows 2000, you may notice that File Manager (Winfile.exe) is not available. However, if you upgrade a computer that is running Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, or Microsoft Windows NT, File Manager may be available and may still function normally. File Manager is not included with Windows 2000. If you upgrade a computer on which File Manager is available, it still is available.
3. What AOL versions will work?
AOL 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0 and 8.0
4.How many service packs are availible for Windows 2000?
Three and they are still availible.
5. Can I upgrade from Windows 95 and 98?
6. Does service pack 3 include Windows Installer 1.1?
No, it includes Windows Installer 2.0
7. Is Windows 2000 availible in multiple languages?
Yes, it is availible in languages such as Japenese and Italian.

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