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All you need to know about upgrading to Windows 2000 for exam 70-210
by Joli Ballew
One of the objectives for test 70-210 is upgrading to Windows 2000 Professional from other operating systems. Here are some important things to remember about the issue of upgrading, and some important facts to keep in mind. One of the objectives for test 70-210 is upgrading to Windows 2000 Professional from other operating systems. Here are some important things to remember about the issue of upgrading, and some important facts to keep in mind.
If you are currently using Windows NT 3.51 Workstation or Windows 95 or higher, you can choose to upgrade to Windows 2000 Professional. Almost all of the users' settings and preferences will be preserved, and most existing hardware and software is supported. Windows 2000 Professional can print a report of the current status of your hardware and software using the compatibility tool. This tool runs automatically during installation and will notify you of potential problems when trying to upgrade to Win2K.
Microsoft recommends (and we all know what that means at test time!), that you check to see if the hardware is on the HCL before beginning any upgrade. This is achieved by using Winnt32/checkupgradeonly, or by running the Chkupgrd.exe utility. Either one will create the report you need. (I recently tried to upgrade a brand new HP N3390 laptop that came preinstalled with Windows 98, and a report was generated to inform me that the modem was not supported, and functionality might be lost if I continued with the upgrade. This gave me an opportunity to look for the updated drivers for this modem before I attempted the installation again.)
If you are running Windows 3.1 or Windows NT 3.5, the game plan changes a little. I would suggest you remember this little tidbit for the exam: To install Windows 2000 on a Windows 3.1 machine, install a clean copy, to install Windows 2000 on a Windows NT 3.5 machine, either upgrade to Windows 3.51 or 4.0, and then upgrade to Windows 2000 or, choose to install a clean copy on Windows 2000 on this machine.
Make sure you know the requirements for installing Windows 2000, and what you'll need if you want to install multiple computers over a network. To install over a network you'll need a distribution server that contains a shared folder with the installation files from the i386 folder on the Windows 2000 Professional CD-Rom, a FAT partition on the target computer of at least 650 MB, a network adapter card on each computer, and a connection to the network. Make sure that you've got an appropriate protocol (TCP/IP), and that the clients to be installed have hardware that is on the HCL. Of course, do a test run, and check all existing software.