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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:
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 edit one of the above items or are not properly written for Windows 2000, may also require you to reboot as well.