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Lesson 9

Windows 2000 Upgrade Conclusion

In this module you learned about the issues surrounding the upgrade process to the Windows 2000 family of products. You learned that:
  1. Windows 9x clients can be upgraded directly to Windows 2000 Professional.
  2. Windows NT 4.0 Server systems can be upgraded directly to Windows 2000 Professional, Server, or Advanced Server.
  3. Windows NT 3.1 and Windows NT 3.5 machines must be upgraded to an operating system in the upgrade path before upgrading to Windows 2000.
We also covered some of the important preparation tactics you should implement prior to the upgrade. Not all upgrades go smoothly and one should possess the necessary skills for alternative courses of action.
Always prev up your important data and system configuration parameters prior to embarking on the upgrade process.
Now that you have completed this module, you should be able to:
  1. Identify client upgrade paths for Windows 2000 Professional
  2. Upgrade clients running Windows2000 or 98 to Windows 2000
  3. Upgrade clients running Windows NT Workstation 3.51 or 4.0
  4. Install the Directory Services Client
  5. Identify server upgrade paths for Windows Server
  6. List critical data files and settings to prev up before upgrading
  7. Troubleshoot common setup errors


  1. Distributed File: A service that allows you to organize data into a logical hierarchy even though it is physically spread over multiple computers.
  2. Registry
  3. SysVol Folder : The System Volume (Sysvol) is a shared directory that stores the server copy of the domain's public files that must be shared for common access and replication throughout a domain.
  4. Disk Quotas: A disk quota is a limit set by a system administrator that restricts certain aspects of file system usage on modern operating systems. The function of using disk quotas is to allocate limited disk space in a reasonable way.
  5. Encrypting File System: Encrypting File System (EFS) is a feature of Windows that allows you to store information on your hard disk in an encrypted format. Encryption is the strongest protection that Windows provides to help you keep your information secure.
  6. Chkdsk: CHKDSK (short for "check disk") is a system tool in DOS, OS/2 and Windows. It verifies the file system integrity on hard disks or floppy disk and fixes logical file system errors. It is similar to the fsck command in Unix.
  7. Systemroot: The %SystemRoot% variable is a special system-wide environment variable found on Microsoft Windows NT and its derivatives. Its value is the location of the system directory, including the drive and path. The drive is the same as %SystemDrive% and the default path on a clean installation depends upon the version of the operating system. By default, Windows NT 5.1 (Windows XP) and newer versions use \WINDOWS, Windows NT 5.0 (Windows 2000), Windows NT 4.0 and Windows NT 3.1 use \WINNT, Windows NT 3.5x uses \WINNT35, and Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server uses \WTSRV

Upgrading Windows - Quiz

Click the Quiz link below to assess your knowledge of upgrading to Windows.
Upgrading Windows - Quiz
In the next module, you will learn how to configure Windows hardware and display options.