You can download Windows 2000 professional by the links given below. All the service packs of Windows 2000 Professional are given below.
Windows 2000 aka Windows 2k is an operating system developed by Microsoft. The operating system is designed to be used both at home or for professional business. Windows professional is developed to be used for small and professional businesses. Windows 2000 Professional offers all the needed utilities for a business to be productive. It was designed to be productive for businesses and to replace Windows 95 and Windows 98.
Release Date: 17 February 2000
Windows 2000 was released on 17 February 2000. It was the successor of Windows 98. Later who was replaced by Windows XP. From Service Pack 1 (SP1) to Service Pack 4 (SP4) many changes were added which includes security issues and setup process.
Out of all Windows NT series, Windows 2000 is said to be the most stable operating system of its time. Basically Windows 2000 was developed for business purposes whereas Windows ME was for house use.
More than 20 languages were supported by Windows 2000. In Windows 2000, the users were fully compatible with DVDs. They were able to autoplay all the contents, videos on your system.
Feature from Windows 98 which became a part of Windows NT series was added to Windows 2000. They have added features like Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer 5 and WebDAV support.
Many editions of Windows 2000 were released like Windows 2000 Professional, Windows server edition, Windows Advanced Server and Windows Datacenter Server.
In Windows 2000 Microsoft has utilized accessibilities like Narrator, onscreen keyboard and many more. You can easily transfer images from Digital Camera to your computer or vice versa.
Windows 2000 professional also has the option to customize the Start Menu. You can customize the apps, color, and others. Features like NTFS, VPN and active directory should be appreciated.
In September 2011, Microsoft officially ended support for Windows 2000.
Windows 2000 Service Pack 1
It was the first version of Windows 2000 and released on August 15, 2000. SP1 is a complete operating system fixed from bugs, setup errors, application compatibility and security issues.
Windows 2000 Service Pack 2
Windows 2000 had many updates, in Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2) they made few changes. In Windows 2000 SP2 they have made major changes in security updates. Improvement with hardware and software compatibilities were done as well. The SP2 followed SP1 and was released on May 16, 2001.
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3
It was released on August 29,2002. In Windows 2000 SP3 they have fixed problems with Internet Explorer 5, USB device missing and service terminal issues.
Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
Windows 2000 received a total of four service packs. They have upgraded Java Virtual Machine (JVM) from Windows 2000 Service Pack 3. In Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) you will be able to use NTFS support in the partition. The W2K SP4 was released on June 26, 2003.
Windows 2000 professional features
Here are some features where most of them were in previous versions of Windows as well. The features were either added/ introduced for the first time or they were just upgraded.
In Windows 2000 Professional you can bring changes to your power consumption. It doesn’t matter either you are using a Laptop or Desktop. You can make sure to run your system on the speed you want. You can increase or decreases your computer’s performance with this feature.
System File Security Checker
It was a feature was the SFSC protects your files. In this feature, you can protect the numbers of files. Activating protection mode your files will be scanned from any kind of threat.
The computer will search files, folders or directories to find results related to your keyword.
Virtual Private Network
Also known as VPN makes it possible to remotely access from one to other networks for different purposes.
It was introduced for the first time in the Windows NT family. This feature includes users and users inside a domain or namespace. The users were authorized to perform tasks inside the domain.
Distributive File System
The distributive file system aka DFS is a feature that will help the users to get access to the files and share them with other networks. You can share files on the internet and can also create a backup if you want.
For the first time, Microsoft has introduced the NTFS support for the system partition. Before this, all the previous Windows operating systems were using FAT/FAT16 and FAT 32 for the system partition.
There was a feature named “Magnifier”, which zooms on certain areas of your screen.
It is a basic command line feature that was used to check and repair the hard drives, repairs boot information, enable/disable the services and removes corrupt files from data received from the CD (now where your downloaded file will be).
Install Windows 2000
Here is a guide for the full installation of Windows 2000 professional here.
Can I get Windows 2000 on a virtual machine?
Yes, of course! You can easily get Windows 2000 on any Virtual Machine. Virtual Machines like VMware, Virtual box can easily use the ISO image of Windows 2000. As the download link of Windows 2000 ISO image is at the top. Download it and use it inside any Virtual Machine you want.
To install Windows 2000, you will require a product key. Here are some product keys of Windows 2000. You can have the product key of Windows 2000 Professional SP4 for free.
You will need to complete the following technical requirements to run Windows 2000 professional.
Processor: Pentium 2 or better
Memory: At least 128 MB of RAM
Hard disk: 4 GB of hard disk with at least 1 GB free space
Remember Windows 2000 Professional supports both single and dual CPU systems.