After all the delays, hype and fanfare, on February 17, 2000, Microsoft finally shipped its latest version of computing nirvana — Windows 2000. The question now posed to millions of computer users and network administrators is “OK, what do I do now?” If you are a network administrator, you probably don’t want to read this article, but if you use a Windows computer every day for work, read on . . .

As one who has been using pre-release versions of Windows 2000 for nearly a year, I’ll do my best to make some meaningful observations on the need to upgrade. I use Windows NT on both servers and workstations and also have extensive experience with Windows 95 and Windows 98. I have played with Windows 2000 on large and small networks as well as stand-alone configurations. And, while I haven’t tried everything one can do with Windows 2000, I have managed to re-learn that trick of counting to ten before resorting to unchecked expression.

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