Installing Windows 2000 (Part 1)
When installing Windows 2000 you must take a few preliminary steps to ensure that installation will be successful and that you won't encounter serious problems during or after the installation.
Verify that the hardware and application software are compatible. Check the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) on either the CD-ROM or on Microsoft's Windows 2000 Professional website.
Make sure that the device drivers for all active devices are Windows 2000 compatible. Make sure that you have compatible versions of all device drivers before installing Windows 2000, especially for essential devices such as the graphics and network card. Check the manufacturer's website if the drivers are not on the original drivers' disk (or you don't know where it is).
Ensure that the PC's BIOS is current and compatible with Windows 2000. If the BIOS is not compatible, the advanced power management and device configuration features may not work. This is likely to cause a 'blue screen' error. Check the motherboard's website for any updates and apply them before starting the installation.
Ensure that the BIOS is set to CD-ROM for the first boot device. If your computer does not support CD-ROM booting then you will need to boot from a floppy disk using a Windows 98 start-up disk or you can create a set of start-up disks from the CD-ROM. To do this you need either another computer or boot the one you are installing Windows 2000 on with a DOS or Windows 98 boot disk that has CD-ROM support.