Installing Windows 2000 Professional on your workstation can be a daunting task. With some basic preparation, you can make the process a lot less painful. In this article, I’ll show you what you need to do to install Windows 2000 Professional on your workstation.

Getting ready
Before installing Windows 2000 Professional on any system—whether you’re doing a new install or just performing an upgrade—make sure that all of the hardware and software is compatible. You can save yourself a lot of trouble and prevent future conflicts if you know whether your hardware and software will work or not. Microsoft offers a hardware compatibility list and a Windows 2000 hardware and software compatibility Web site.

Gather all of the information about your computer system, workstation, and network that you can get your hands on. It’s better to have it now than to have to search for it during the installation. You should also create forms that you can use to document information about your workstation and servers. You need to know if your workstation will be accessing a domain or a workgroup, the name or address of your computer, the name of the workgroup or domain, the TCP/IP address, and any other information that you think you may need depending on your configuration.

If your computer has a blank hard disk (without an operating system on it), then you will need a method of booting it. If you have startup floppy disks, insert the first floppy disk into the drive. If you’re booting from the Windows 2000 Professional CD and it’s bootable, insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive. If your system is bootable, then you will need to boot it using whatever method you find to be the best. The point here is to be able to start Windows and get to the setup option.

Installing the software
Insert the startup CD in the CD-ROM drive. Turn your computer on, or if it’s already on, reboot it. When Windows automatically detects the CD, click Install Windows 2000 and setup will start. Follow all of the instructions and enter the information as it is requested.

If the setup program doesn’t run automatically, go to Start | Run and run Setup.exe from the Windows 2000 Professional CD.
In order to install from the network, you must be connected to the network that you would normally use. The installation can be done in many ways. See your network administrator for the method that your particular company or organization uses. Some companies copy the Windows CD to a network server and perform the installation from there. If this is the case, then you’ll need to be able to access the server to perform the installation.

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