To test your Windows 2000 skills, Support Republic recently offered a Windows 2000 Professional pop quiz. Over 3,500 of our members responded, and the results weren’t surprising: Most of you are well versed in the ways of Windows 2000 Pro. How well you ask? Let’s find out.

Minimum installation requirements
The correct answer is: Free up a minimum of 650 MB of hard drive space. Figure A shows that 68 percent of those who took the quiz got it right. According to Microsoft’s official Windows 2000 Professional Requirements Web page, at least a “2-GB hard disk with a minimum of 650 MB of free space” is required to install Windows 2000 Professional. While it may be possible to install Windows 2000 with less than the minimum requirement of 650 MB, I wouldn’t count on it working perfectly. As for the other answers, Microsoft requires only 32 MB of RAM but recommends 64 MB and requires only a 133MHz Pentium or higher processor.

Figure A

Emergency Repair Disk (ERD)

Figure B

The correct answer is: Backup utility, and 69 percent of those who took the quiz knew the correct answer, as shown in Figure B. To create an ERD, click Start | Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Backup. Click Tools on the toolbar and select Create Emergency Repair Disk. Selecting the check box for Also Back Up The Registry To The Repair Directory… will save your current registry file. Note that the repair process relies on information that is saved in the Systemroot\repair folder. Do not change or delete this folder. As for the other answers, Device Manager is an administration utility that allows you to manage your computer’s hardware devices, Task Scheduler isn’t actually a Windows feature or utility (although you can schedule tasks through the Windows Control Panel), and Registry Editor is the tool used to edit the Windows Registry.

Windows 2000 upgrade paths

Figure C

The correct answer is: Windows 3.11. A whopping 88 percent of our quiz takers got this one correct, as shown in Figure C. The following systems can be directly upgraded to Windows 2000 Professional:

  • Windows NT Workstation 4.0 and 3.51
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 98

Setup disks

Figure D

This is where our Windows 2000 Professional quiz got a bit tricky. Initially, the correct answer was marked as makebt32.exe, but further research has revealed that makeboot.exe may actually be the correct answer. I am therefore deeming them both correct for the purpose of this quiz. Therefore, 73 percent of those who took the quiz got it right.

What’s causing all the confusion? The Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q197063 that I used to verify this question states that, “You do not have to be running Windows 2000 to create the Setup Boot disks. A directory called \Bootdisk resides in the root of the Windows 2000 Setup CD. This directory contains two utilities capable of generating the four Setup boot floppies. If you are booted into Windows 9x, you will need to run the 32-bit version of this utility called makebt32.exe. If you are in DOS, or booted with a Windows 98 Startup floppy that has access to the CD-ROM, you can use the 16-bit version called makeboot.exe.” I also verified these directions using multiple Windows 2000 Professional reference texts.

However, when you run makebt32.exe from within Windows 98 (as required in the question), you received the error message, “This program only runs on Windows NT and Windows 2000.” TechRepublic member Ray Lewis brought this to my attention, and I experienced the same error when trying the procedure for myself. Makeboot.exe, on the other hand, does work from within Windows 98 and should work from within any Microsoft DOS or Windows version.

As for the other answers, winnt32.exe is the 32-bit Windows NT installation utility that will create boot disks when run with the /ox switch, but it doesn’t work under Windows 2000. I just made up the answer bootdisk.exe.

TCP/IP settings

Figure E

The correct answer is: False, and 74 percent of our quiz takers knew this was right, as shown in Figure E. Winipcfg is the command used to start a graphical TCP/IP configuration utility that runs on both Windows 95 and 98; it will not run on Windows NT or Windows 2000 Professional. To display TCP/IP information on a Windows NT or Windows 2000 Professional machine, enter ipconfig at a command prompt. You can also use the following switches:

  • /all—This displays a full list of TCP/IP properties; by default only the IP address, subnet masks, and default gateway values are given for each NIC.
  • /renew—This switch, available only to DHCP client services, renews the TCP/IP configuration settings.
  • /release—This switch, also available only to DHCP client services, releases the current TCP/IP configuration settings.

The commands ipconfig /release and ipconfig /renew are commonly used in succession to reset the TCP/IP settings of a computer running DHCP client services.

You earned a gold star
Overall, I think these results are very promising. For those of you who selected all the right answers, congratulations! For those who missed a few, I hope the answer explanations given in this article helped you hone your Windows 2000 Professional skills. As I mentioned in my previous pop quiz results article, you get the TechPoints for just taking the quiz, not for getting all the answers correct. Good luck on our next pop quiz.

You be the teacher

We’ve currently run three different multiple-choice pop quizzes:

  • Basic computer skills
  • Windows 2000 Professional
  • Basic networking

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