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Installing Windows 2000 Professional

Table 4.2 shows the minimum and recommended hardware requirements for installing and running Windows 2000 Professional.

Table 4.2 Windows 2000 Hardware Requirements

Minimum Requirements

Recommended Requirements

Intel Pentium or compatible 133 MHz or higher processor. Windows 2000 Professional supports single and dual CPU systems.

Intel Pentium II or compatible 300 MHz or higher processor.

32 MB of RAM.

64 MB (4 GB maximum).

2-GB hard disk with 650 MB free disk space. (Additional disk is required if installing over the network).

2 GB of free space.

VGA-compatible or higher monitor.

SVGA Plug and Play Monitor.

Keyboard, mouse or other pointing device.

Keyboard, mouse or other pointing device.

CD-ROM or DVD drive (required for compact disc installation).

CD-ROM or DVD drive 12x or faster.

Network adapter (required for network installation).

Network adapter.

Checking the BIOS

A basic input/output system (BIOS) is a set of instructions stored on a ROM chip inside x 86 and compatible computers, which handles all input/output (I/O) functions.

Before upgrading to Windows 2000 Professional, check the BIOS on the portable or desktop computer to see that is has an updated BIOS. If the BIOS is not compatible, obtain an updated BIOS from the manufacturer.

If your system does not have Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) functionality during installation, you might need to update the BIOS. However, to get ACPI functionality after Windows 2000 is installed, you are required to do another installation. You can, however, upgrade your existing installation.

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Important

Microsoft does not provide technical support for BIOS upgrades. Contact the manufacturer for BIOS upgrade instructions.

For more information about BIOS issues, see the Hardware Update link on the Web Resources page at: http://windows.microsoft.com/windows2000/reskit/webresources .

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