Reasons to reboot

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Windows 2000 has reduced the number of required reasons to reboot from over 50 in NT 4.0 to around seven in Windows 2000.

The items below used to require reboots:

  • Changing an IP address
  • Changing the mouse
  • Adding a new page file or changing its size
  • Adding plug and play devices
  • Adding new disks

    But now, the only items that require reboot are:

  • Changing ISA adapter configuration
  • Changing the system font (The USER and Graphics Device Interface have to be recreated.)
  • Adding and removing communication ports (due to possible jumper changes)
  • Changing the default system locale
  • Changing the computer/domain name
  • Installing service packs or hotfixes

    In Windows 2000 Server reboots are also needed for:

  • Running DCPROMO
  • Changing DNS suffix name
  • Switching language in multilanguage edition
  • Installing Terminal Services
  • Removing Gateway Services for NetWare
  • Changing a DNS server's IP address

    Some software packages, which either

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