Windows 2000 is designed for use on both client and server computers.
Windows 2000 introduced many of the new features such as the Windows Desktop Update, Internet Explorer 5, Outlook Express, NetMeeting, FAT32 support, Windows Driver Model, Internet Connection Sharing, Windows Media Player, WebDAV support etc.
Windows Server 2000 (sometimes referred to as Win2K3) is a server operating system produced by Microsoft, released on April 24, 2003.
An updated version, Windows Server 2003 R2, was released to manufacturing on December 6, 2005. Its successor, Windows Server 2008, was released on February 4, 2008.
It is based on Windows XP, basically becoming an enhanced version of XP.
According to Microsoft, Windows Server 2003 is more scalable and delivers better performance than its predecessor, Windows 2000.
Four editions of Windows 2000 were released: Professional, Server, Advanced Server, and Datacenter Server;
the latter was both released to manufacturing and launched months after the other editions.
While each edition of Windows 2000 was targeted at a different market, they shared a core set of features, including many system utilities such as the Microsoft Management Console and standard system administration applications.
Here is Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 4 Final 2011 Edition. There is no nonsense added and it is fully updated to January 2011! (I say this because this is when I made it, technically it has all the final updates through Nov 2010)
I made this with nlite using the instructions at the following site:
It is bootable, no key required, and the install is FULLY unattended. It creates an admin user “WIN2K” which logs in automatically with no user/pass prompt, sets the timezone to EST (GMT – 5hrs) and sets the workgroup to “RESEAU” (I never liked using the default “WORKGROUP”) but you can change any of these post-install if you want.
After the regular install part is done it should reboot twice. Before the last reboot it will load into the operating system and install some final updates that nlite can’t integrate. Wait until everything is done and it will reboot for the last time.