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Lesson 3 Upgrading clients running Windows 2000
Objective Upgrade clients running Windows2000 or 98 to Windows 2000 Professional.

Upgrading Clients running Windows

Upgrade clients running Windows2000 or 98 to Windows 2000 Professional.
Upgrading from Windows2000 or Windows 98 can require more planning and testing than an upgrade from Windows NT.
Because of the differences in the system registry[1] and setup procedures, many applications install differently on computers running Windows2000 and WindowsXP.

Generating a compatibility report

Windows 2000 provides a report-only mode that will generate a Compatibility Report.
These reports provide you with information about incompatible features and applications before you perform the upgrade, and will tell you when you need to install update packs or new versions of applications before upgrading.
You can generate a compatibility report one of two ways:
1) Run the winnt32 /checkupgradeonly command

The System Compatability Report
This command starts the first part of the Windows 2000 Setup program. Instead of running the entire Setup program, it only checks for compatible hardware and software, and then generates a compatibility report.
Run the Windows 2000 Readiness Analyzer
The Windows 2000 Readiness Analyzer identifies installed devices and applications that are known to be incompatible with Windows 2000.
The Windows 2000 Readiness Analyzer tool allows users who do not yet have a copy of Windows 2000 to assess their level of preparedness for the upgrade.
Both tools provide the same information.

Running the Setup program

Once you have established that the client operating system is compatible with Windows 2000, run the Windows 2000 Setup program (Winnt32.exe) to upgrade the computers. The following SlideShow describes the steps required to start the upgrade process:
In the next lesson, upgrade clients running Windows NT Workstation 3.51 or 4.0 will be discussed.

[1]Registry: A repository of application and system configuration information.