|The history of
Windows 2000 begins with the creation of Windows 95 which was intended for
home computers. (click)
|At the same
time, Microsoft developed Windows NT 4.0 as the network version counterpart. (click)
|Windows 98 was
an improved version of Windows 95, and contained features reflecting the
onset of the internet age. (click)
came packaged with Microsoft Internet Explorer and broke down the barrier
between the home PC and the web.
There were, however, several small security issues.
|To rectify these
issues, Microsoft, combined the Windows 95/98 platform with the security of
its Windows NT 4.0 platform.
|The result was
Microsoft Windows 2000. (click)
features remain constant, Windows 2000 has improved user functions. For purposes of this class we will focus
on Windows 2000 Professional, which is very similar to the network based
Windows 2000 Server.
It is important to realize the software is generally backwards compatible, that is files and settings from older versions of the program can easily be handled by the new version, but going from the newer to the other does not always work correctly.