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 Jun 07, 2005 - 03:34 PM - by Michael
* Looking Back on Win2K

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The Register takes a moment today to look back on Win2K and examine what it did right and wrong.

I think that Windows 2000 has probably been one of Microsoft's greatest sources of bad press in the entire history of the company. But it also defined the company into what it is today. Windows 2000 was meant to be their most secure operating system ever but it turned out to be an absolute security disaster. Somehow Microsoft managed to not only recover from that disaster but also to turn security into one of their greater assets. It turns out, then, that Windows 2000 was their most successful failure so far.
When Win2K first hit, I was still running Windows 98.

The biggest difference I saw was stability - Windows 98 just had a tendency to die, as creeping bugs slowly brought the system to a halt. The more you installed or changed in the system, the more times your drivers were updated, the more likely something would break. Win2K, once most companies got their games working on it, was much better.
 

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