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Chapter 4. Installing Windows 2000 > Choosing an Upgrade Path

Choosing an Upgrade Path

This chapter describes the variety of installation options available for Windows 2000 Professional. Even if your system is already installed, you might be interested in reading through this chapter for some helpful information about dual-booting various operating systems, considering whether you should install Windows 2000 Server, and working with multiple formats of disk partitions (FAT, FAT32, and NTFS).

Due to improvements and standardization in user interfaces and to Microsoft-imposed installation procedures for Windows programs, setup of application programs nowadays is typically a piece of cake and self-explanatory. Likewise, installation of all newer Windows versions has grown increasingly automated since the 3.x days. Windows 98 Setup is typically a breeze, for example; you just answer a few questions up front and then have a cup of coffee while the rest of Setup's machination progresses automatically. Because Windows 98 is more of a consumer-oriented product, a simple installation experience for the user is a necessity, and makes good business sense for Microsoft. However, partly owing to upgrade path complexities and partly to the expanded feature set, things aren't quite so simple with the Windows 2000 Professional installation.


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