What hardware is needed to run Windows 2000?

A. Below is a list of the minimum hardware needed to install Windows 2000.

  • 32-bit, Intel-based microprocessor computer (such as Pentium-compatible 166 MHz or higher) for both Windows NT Workstation and Windows NT Server.
  • VGA or higher resolution monitor
  • Keyboard
  • 32 MB of RAM minimum (Windows NT Server: 64 MB of RAM)
  • Hard disk space with a minimum of 300 MB of free disk space for Windows NT Workstation. (Server: a minimum of 400MB of free disk space on the partition that will contain the Windows NT system files). Several factors affect free disk space required by Windows NT 5.0 Setup, including disk cluster size, amount of RAM in the system, and the file system used (For example, NTFS uses a smaller disk cluster size than FAT file systems) and network compared to local installations (which requires less free space). Setup determines if you have sufficient disk space to successfully complete the installation with the optional components you have selected.
  • For CD-only installation, a bootable CD-ROM drive (so you can start Setup without using a floppy disk drive)
  • For floppy disk and CD installation, a high-density 3.5-inch disk drive as drive A and a CD-ROM drive
  • For network installation, one or more network adapters installed on your computer and access to the network share containing the Setup files.
  • A mouse or other pointing device

The minimum memory is the minimum memory and setup program performs a test to check you have that amount or the installation will not proceed (very annoying when I tried to install server on my portable which (then) only had 32MB of RAM). You can hack the txtsetup.sif files, however, to install either Server or Workstation on systems with less memory. There is no check on CPU type.

The 64bit Alpha processor will not be supported in Windows 2000.

This information is also in the file setup.txt on the Windows 2000 (NT 5.0 Beta) CD-ROM.

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