Windows 2000 is an operating system that was produced by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems. 0, Encrypting File System, as well as basic and dynamic disk storage. Windows 2000 is a continuation of the Microsoft Windows NT family of operating systems, replacing Windows NT 4. The original name for the operating system was Windows NT 5. 0 and its Beta 1 was released in September 1997, followed by Beta 2 in August 1998.
Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 was codenamed “Asteroid” and Windows 2000 64-bit was codenamed “Janus. Windows 2000 was first planned to replace both Windows 98 and Windows NT 4. Instead, an updated version of Windows 98 called Windows 98 Second Edition was released in 1999. On or shortly before February 12, 2004, “portions of the Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.
0 source code were illegally made available on the Internet. The source of the leak remains unannounced. Microsoft source code is both copyrighted and protected as a trade secret. As such, it is illegal to post it, make it available to others, download it or use it. Despite the warnings, the archive containing the leaked code spread widely on the file-sharing networks. Microsoft planned to release a 64-bit version of Windows 2000, which would run on 64-bit Intel Itanium microprocessors, in 2000.
A new capability designed to protect critical system files called Windows File Protection was introduced. This protects critical Windows system files by preventing programs other than Microsoft’s operating system update mechanisms such as the Package Installer, Windows Installer and other update components from modifying them. The most notable improvement from Windows NT 4. 0 is the addition of Plug and Play with full ACPI and Windows Driver Model support. Windows 2000 introduces layered windows that allow for transparency, translucency and various transition effects like shadows, gradient fills and alpha blended GUI elements to top-level windows. Menus support a new Fade transition effect.