Compaq enterprise systems come with a free upgrade to Win 2000

Compaq enterprise systems come with a free upgrade to Win 2000

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

Compaq Computer Corp. is selling its enterprise client systems with free upgrades to next year's Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional release.

Until next March 31, any 300-MHz or faster Pentium Deskpro EN or Professional Workstation, or any Armada notebook with at least a 233-MHz processor, qualifies for the free upgrade via a Web registration form. Each system must have 64M of RAM and Windows NT Workstation 4.0 already installed.

Compaq will ship a CD-ROM and documentation for the new operating system at no charge sometime during the first three months of next year, said Scott Edwards, Deskpro product manager for North America. He said it will take until then for the OS to be released for production and for hardware makers to qualify with Microsoft Corp. to install it.

Government buyers also can order the third beta version of the OS preinstalled on new Compaq systems, or they can receive a free customer preview kit that includes CDs and five licenses for all four editions of the OS plus two user manuals. Besides Win 2000 Professional, the OS will come in Server, Advanced Server and Datacenter Server editions.

New in Win 2000 is support for the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface, hot docking, hot swapping of MultiBay devices, PC Cards and Universal Serial Bus devices.

Compaq has posted beta versions of the Win 2000 device drivers on its Web site'something Edwards said the PC maker has never done before. In addition, he said, all Deskpro EN models now will come with three-year warranties for parts, labor and on-site service, a broadening of the former warranties that covered labor and on-site service for one year only.

More information about the Compaq upgrade program appears on the Web at

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