This is a Service List for Windows 2000 Professional.

Automated ProxyEdit

Automatically locates a proxy server and configures Internet Explorer 5.01 to connect to the Internet through that server.

Digital DevicesEdit

Supports removable storage devices such as DVD and Device Bay. Supports new display devices such as Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP), multiple video cards and monitors, OpenGL 1.2, DirectX® 7.0 API, and Video Port Extensions.

Dramatically Reduced Reboot ScenariosEdit

Eliminates most scenarios that forced you to reboot in Windows NT 4.0 Windows 95, and Windows 98. Many software installations also will not require reboots.

Driver CertificationEdit

Provides safeguards to help assure you that device drivers have not been tampered with and reducing your risk of installing non-certified drivers.

Easier Remote Configuration WizardsEdit

Guide you through steps for setting up remote access to a network or virtual private network (VPN).

Encrypting File System (EFS)Edit

Encrypts each file with a randomly generated key. The encryption and decryption processes are transparent to the user.

Faster MultitaskingEdit

Uses a full 32-bit architecture, allowing you to run more programs and perform more tasks at the same time than Windows 95 or Windows 98.

Faster PerformanceEdit

Provides 25 percent faster performance than Windows 95 and Windows 98 on systems with 64 megabytes (MB) or more of memory.


Helps you find and organize relevant information whether it's stored in files, folders, or Web sites.

Full 32-bit Operating SystemEdit

Minimizes the chance of application failures and unplanned reboots.

Group PolicyEdit

Permits administrators to define customized rules about virtually every facet of a user's computer environment such as security, user rights, desktop settings, applications, and resources, minimizing the likelihood of misconfiguration. Group Policy works in conjunction with the Active Directory® service and requires Windows 2000 Server.


Turns off your computer and monitor after a pre-determined time, while retaining your desktop on disk. When you re-activate your computer, hibernate mode restores your programs and settings exactly as you left them.

History BarEdit

Helps you find your way back to sites you viewed in the past. The History bar not only tracks Web sites, but also intranet sites, network servers, and local folders.

Hot DockingEdit

Lets you dock or undock your notebook computer without changing hardware configuration or rebooting.

IEEE 1394Edit

Provides a higher-bandwidth connection for devices that require faster data transfer.

Integrated Internet Explorer 5.01Edit

Provides Internet Explorer 5.01, integrating your desktop environment with the Web.


Alleviates the tedium of filling out forms on the Web by automatically entering your name, address, or other information that you've stored on your computer.


Gives users enhanced access to their information and software. IntelliMirror® management technologies greatly benefit mobile computer users by letting their computer resources "follow" them regardless of where they log on to the network. Offline files, a feature of IntelliMirror, lets users keep working on key documents even if the network connection fails. IntelliMirror requires Windows 2000 Server.

Internet Connection SharingEdit

Connects your home network or small office network to the Internet, using a dial-up or broadband connection. From a single computer, you can provide network address translation, addressing, and name resolution services for all computers on your small network.

Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK)Edit

Enables system administrators to deploy Internet Explorer 5.01 across platforms quickly and efficiently, installing only the components and custom applications they choose — all from one central location.

Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.0Edit

Includes Web and FTP server support, as well as support for FrontPage transactions, Active Server Pages, and database connections. Available as an optional component, IIS 5.0 is installed automatically for those upgrading from versions of Windows with Personal Web Server installed.

IP Security (IPSec) SupportEdit

Helps protect data transmitted across a network. IPSec is an important part of providing security for virtual private networks (VPNs), which allow organizations to transmit data in encrypted form over the Internet.

IrDA SupportEdit

Provides security-enhanced, wireless communications between two Windows 2000-based computers using the popular infrared protocol.

Kerberos SupportEdit

Provides industry-standard and high-strength authentication with fast, single logon to Windows 2000-based enterprise resources. Kerberos is an Internet-standard, which makes it especially effective for networks consisting of different operating systems such as UNIX.

Microsoft InstallerEdit

Works with the Windows Installer Service, helping users install, configure, track, upgrade, and remove software programs correctly, minimizing the risk of user error and possible loss of productivity.

Microsoft Management Console (MMC)Edit

Provides a centralized and consistent environment for management tools.

Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX 2.0Edit

Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX 2.0 provides a set of additional features to Windows NT and Windows 2000 that allow for greater interoperability with existing UNIX-based systems in the enterprise. It provides a full range of supported and fully integrated interoperability components that make it easy for customers to integrate Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 operating systems into their existing UNIX environments.

More WizardsEdit

Makes it easier to perform routine or challenging tasks, resulting in fewer help desk calls and better customer service. For example, the Add Printer Wizard makes it easy to connect to local and network printers even when you're browsing the Web.

Multilingual SupportEdit

Allows users to easily create, read, and edit documents in hundreds of languages.


Lets you hold an international meeting without traveling. With NetMeeting® conferencing software you can collaborate in real-time using video teleconferencing, shared applications and file exchange.

Offline Files and FoldersEdit

Lets you disconnect from the network and work as if you were still connected. The Offline Files feature lets you create on your computer a mirror image of documents stored on the network.

Offline ViewingEdit

Makes entire Web pages with graphics available for viewing offline. You can view Web pages on your notebook computer when you don’t have a network or Internet connection.

Peer-to-Peer Support for Windows 95/98 and Windows NTEdit

Enables Windows 2000 Professional to interoperate with earlier versions of Windows on a peer-to-peer level, allowing the sharing of all resources, such as folders, printers, and peripherals.

Personalized MenusEdit

Adapts the Start menu to the way you work by showing the applications you use most often.

Plug and PlayEdit

Lets you automatically install new hardware with only minimal configuration. More than 12,000 devices now support this functionality.

Preview Windows for MultimediaEdit

Lets you view a snapshot of a multimedia file in Windows Explorer before actually opening the file.

Recovery ConsoleEdit

Provides a command-line console, allowing you to start and stop services, format drives, read and write data on a local drive, and perform many other administrative tasks.

Remote OS InstallationEdit

Permits Windows 2000 Professional to be installed across the network (including SysPrep images). Remote OS Installation saves time and reduces deployment costs by allowing administrators to standardize desktop environments to match organizational requirements.(Note: This feature requires the presence of Windows 2000-based servers on the network).

Safe Mode Startup OptionsEdit

Allows you to boot your system at the most basic level using default settings and minimum device drivers.

Scalable Memory and Processor SupportEdit

Supports up to 4 gigabytes (GB) of RAM and up to two symmetric multiprocessors.

Search BarEdit

Helps you quickly search for different types of information, such as Web pages or people's addresses. And choose which search engine you want to use — all from one location.

Setup ManagerEdit

Provides a graphical wizard that guides administrators in designing installation scripts.

Smart BatteryEdit

Gives you a more accurate view of your battery's life, enabling you to reduce power to specific functions to extend your battery's power.

Smart Card SupportEdit

Integrates smart card capabilities into the operating system. Smart cards enhance software-only solutions such as client authentication, interactive logon, code signing, and e-mail security.

Strong Development PlatformEdit

Support for Dynamic HTML Behaviors and XML gives developers the broadest range of options — with the fastest development time.

Synchronization ManagerEdit

Lets you compare and update your offline files and folders with those on the network.

System Preparation Tool (SysPrep)Edit

Helps administrators clone computer configurations, systems, and applications, resulting in simpler, faster, and more cost-effective deployment.


Helps you configure, optimize, and troubleshoot numerous Windows 2000 functionalities, resulting in greater productivity, fewer help desk calls, and better customer service.

Universal Serial Bus (USB)Edit

Lets you connect and disconnect a wide array of peripherals such as joy sticks, scanners, and camcorders without configuring or rebooting your desktop or laptop.

Windows File ProtectionEdit

Protects core system files from being overwritten by application installs. In the event a file is overwritten, Windows File Protection will replace that file with the correct version. By safeguarding system files in this manner, Windows 2000 mitigates many common system failures found in earlier versions of Windows.

Windows Logo ProgramEdit

Provides assurance that applications have met a comprehensive set of standards developed by Microsoft in cooperation with customers and third-party developers.

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)Edit

Provides a standardized infrastructure for monitoring and managing system resources, allowing system administrators to monitor and control the system via scripting and 3rd party applications.

Windows NT Security ModelEdit

Permits only authenticated users to access system resources. The security model includes components to control who accesses objects (such as files and shared printers), the actions an individual can take on an object, and the events that are audited.

Windows Telephony Applications Programming Interface (TAPI) 3.0.Edit

TAPI is a software abstraction layer that allows software applications from one vendor to work with a wide variety of telephone systems for great customer choice and flexibility. TAPI 3.0 adds media streaming and better IP telephony support with built-in H.323 and IP Multicast features, building on its existing support for traditional, client-server telephony applications, such as call centers, Interactive Voice Response, and more. And with TAPI's new Component Object Model architecture, you can telephony-enable your application using a variety of programming languages.

Remote Management with Terminal ServicesEdit

Safely enable Terminal Services for remote administration purposes. Up to two concurrent sessions are supported, with no impact on performance or application compatibility.

Rolling Upgrade SupportEdit

Using Cluster service and NLB, avoid downtime caused by planned maintenance or upgrades using rolling upgrades. Migrate your applications or IP workload to one node, upgrading the first node, and then migrating them back. You can roll out hardware, software, and even operating systems upgrades without taking the application offline. Both Windows Clustering technologies are backwards compatible with their Windows NT Server 4.0 predecessors.

Routing and Remote Access ServiceEdit

Connects remote workers, telecommuters, and branch offices to the corporate network through dial-up, leased line and Internet links.

Safe Mode BootEdit

Booting in Safe Mode allows users to troubleshoot the system during start up by changing the default settings or removing a newly installed driver that is causing a problem.

Search for and Connect to Printers from a desktopEdit

Publish printers in the Active Directory service, enabling users to locate and connect to printers based on criteria such as location, ability to print color, or speed.

Security-enhanced network communicationsEdit

End-to-end encrypted communications across your company network using the IPSec standard. Great for helping to protect sensitive internal communications from intentional or accidental viewing. Active Directory provides central policy control for its use to make it deployable.

Security Configuration Toolset (SCTS)Edit

Reduce costs associated with security configuration and analysis of Windows-based networks. In Windows 2000, use Group Policy to set and periodically update security configurations of computers.

Server & Mainframe interoperabilityEdit

Message Queuing enables the exchange of information between applications running on mainframe platforms. Kerberos authentication protocol support enables interoperability with other systems using this industry standard authentication protocol. Services for NetWare is an add-on product that increases interoperability with NetWare servers and clients with Windows-based servers and clients. Services for UNIX is an add-on product that makes it easier to integrate Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 into a UNIX environment.

Service Pack SlipstreamingEdit

Simplify operating system updates by maintaining one master image of the operating system on the network.

Smart-card SupportEdit

Supports logon via smart cards "out-of-the-box" for strong authentication to sensitive resources.

Support for the Latest Security StandardsEdit

Build security-enhanced intranet, extranet and Internet sites using the latest standards, including: 56-bit and 128-bit SSL/TLS, IPSec, Server Gated Cryptography; Digest Authentication, Kerberos v5 authentication, and Fortezza.

System Preparation ToolEdit

Save deployment time by using SysPrep to create an image of a computer's hard drive, including the operating system and applications, that you can then duplicate onto other computers.

Terminal ServicesEdit

Run Windows-based applications on the server, and access from a remote PC, Windows-based Terminal or non-Windows device over LANs, WANs or low-bandwidth connections, through terminal emulation software. In Windows 2000, Terminal Services are up to 20 percent more scalable and have dramatically improved performance for both high and low-bandwidth connections.

Virtual private networking (VPN)Edit

A full-featured gateway that encrypts communications to connect remote users and satellite offices over the Internet. Now with an updated PPTP support and advanced security with Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol encrypted by IPSec.

Web FoldersEdit

Web Folders bring the richness of Windows to the Web, by using Web Document Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) to enable drag and drop Web publishing.

Web Telephony EngineEdit

Now you can use Web technologies and tools to create and run telephony solutions, such as Interactive Voice Response (IVR), for new levels of economy and operational efficiency. You can also use this service to turn your Web site into a dual-access Web site, so content can be experienced via a standard Web browser OR over the telephone using the telephone dialpad or speech commands for navigation and text-to-speech for content rendering. Web Telephony Engine is available in the Platform SDK with a royalty-free re-distribution license.

Windows DNA 2000Edit

With the Windows Distributed interNet Applications Architecture (Windows DNA 2000) – the Microsoft platform for developing Web applications – you can build reliable, highly scalable solutions that ease the integration of heterogeneous systems and applications.

Windows File ProtectionEdit

Prevents new software installations from replacing essential system files.

Windows InstallerEdit

Windows Installer monitors application installations and cleanly performs uninstall/removal tasks. Note: Windows Installer can be used to install Service Pack 1.

Windows Management InstrumentationEdit

A uniform model through which management data from any source can be managed in a standard way. Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) provides this for software, such as applications, while WMI extensions for the Windows Driver Model (WDM) provide this for hardware or hardware device drivers. WMI in Windows 2000 enables management of even more functions.

Windows NT 4.0 Domain migration toolsEdit

Simplify the upgrade process to a Windows 2000 domain.

Windows Script Host (WSH)Edit

Administer the server and automate tasks via the command line instead of graphical user interface tools with scripts.

Windows Telephony Applications Programming Interface (TAPI) 3.0Edit

TAPI is a software abstraction layer that allows software applications from one vendor to work with a wide variety of telephone systems for great customer choice and flexibility. TAPI 3.0 adds media streaming and better IP telephony support with built-in H.323 and IP Multicast features, building on its existing support for traditional, client-server telephony applications, such as call centers, Interactive Voice Response, and more. And with TAPI's new Component Object Model architecture, you can telephony-enable your application using a variety of programming languages.

XML ParserEdit

Create applications that enable the Web server to exchange XML-formatted data with both Microsoft Internet Explorer and any server capable of parsing XML.

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