That is, any previous operating system must be wiped clean from all hard disk partitions within the computer prior to installing Windows 2000.There are three methods available to install the Windows 2000 operating system: Using a bootable CD-ROM is the simplest and fastest method of installing Windows 2000.

On this dialog, the radio button for Pre-windows 2000 compatible permissions is selected by default.

When this option is selected, the Everyone group becomes a member of the Pre-Windows 2000 Compatible Access group.

Only on systems using NTFS can any reasonable security be presumed.

Assign an Administrator account password The Computer Name and Administrator Password dialog box shown in Figure 2 provides a means of setting the password for the default Administrator account.

For workstations, we recommend using all space on a disk for the installation partition.

For servers, we recommend using about 4 GB of space on one disk for the operating system.This dialog box allows addition or removal of components during installation.The default configuration of Windows 2000 Professional is acceptable, but Windows 2000 Server needs to be modified during installation.Table 3.1 Windows 2000 Pre-Installation Checklist Hardware Compatibility: Review all hardware to ensure compatibility with the Windows 2000 operating system.Hardware components include: Motherboard, network adapters, video card, sound card, CD-ROM drives, etc.To ensure that the machine is not compromised during setup, however, it is highly recommended that it be disconnected from the network until setup is complete and the most recent service pack is installed.