A. We have seen in previous FAQ's that if you have the Windows 2000 CD you can check your installations hardware and software by using the /checkupgradeonly switch of winnt32.exe but if you don't have Windows 2000 and just want to check Microsoft have made the Readiness Analyzer available via download in a number of forms.

If you goto http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/upgrade/compat/ready.asp there are 3 options to use the readiness analyzer.

  • Online version runs on Windows 95,98, NT 3.51 and NT 4.0 and connects to the internet to check if your hardware/software is compatible with Windows 2000
  • A disk based version can be downloaded and used on computers which are not connected to the Internet. This is larger than the first option since it has a list of all hardware and software as part of it
  • SMS 2.0 plug-in can be installed as part of your SMS installation and automatically check all computers on your network

An example of the report produced can be seen at http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/upgrade/compat/search/upgrade.txt.