Download Windows 2000 SP4

Where can I download Windows 2000 Service Pack 4?

SP4 is a collection of updates for Windows 2000. You can install SP4 either from the Service Pack 4 CD or from the Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 Web site.

SP4 contains updates for the following areas of Windows 2000 functionality:

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  • Security

  • Operating system reliability

  • Application compatibility

  • Windows 2000 Setup

SP4 also includes:

  • The updates contained in Service Pack 1, Service Pack 2, and Service Pack 3 for Windows 2000

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 4

  • Microsoft Outlook Express 5.5 with Service Pack 2

You can use either the Express installation or the Network installation to install Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4).

Note: Either installation you choose will have the same result of installing SP4.

If you are a home user and want to quickly update this computer only, choose SP4 Express Installation (faster).

If you are a corporate administrator who wants to install SP4 on multiple computers or combine it with an installation of Windows 2000, hotfixes, or both, choose SP4 Network Installation (slower).

When you have chosen an installation method make sure you stop real-time virus checkers just before you start the installation (they interfere with the installation process).

For more information about the installation of SP4, see Readme for Windows 2000 Service Pack 4

Note: If you have not installed a previous Windows 2000 service pack, you need to install only Windows 2000 SP4 to get all of the Windows 2000 updates provided in previous service packs. If you have already installed Windows 2000 SP3, Microsoft recommends that you install Windows 2000 SP4 without uninstalling Windows 2000 SP3.

The Express Installation

The Express installation can be significantly faster to download than the Network installation. The Express installation detects the service pack files that are already installed on your computer. It then installs only those files that need to be updated. You must stay connected to the Internet during the installation.

Typical sizes and times for the Express installation:

Initial download size: 610kb

Windows 2000 Professional: 15mb

Windows 2000 Server Family: 27.4mb

This method of installation requires an Internet connection during installation.

Download from this link:

SP4 Express Installation

The Network Installation

Before you install SP4 on multiple computers, see the Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 Installation and Deployment Guide and the Hotfix Installation and Deployment Guide for information about installing SP4 in a corporate environment with or without Windows 2000.

Because you can use the Network installation method to install the service pack on multiple computers, and downloading the Network installation files takes a substantial amount of time, Microsoft recommends that you save the files that you download on your computer. This enables you to complete multiple installations, restart the installation, or reinstall SP4 without downloading the files again.

Because downloading these files can require considerable disk space, Microsoft recommends that you save the files to a disk other than your system disk if your computer has more than one hard disk.

After you have downloaded the installation files, you do not need to remain connected to the Internet during the Network installation of SP4.

Typical download times for the Network installation:

All Platforms: 129mb

Recommended for multiple-computer installation.

No Internet connection required during installation of Windows 2000 SP4 with this method.

Download from this link:

SP4 Network Installation

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