This little app will let you check your hardware's ability to upgrade

This little app will let you check your hardware's ability to upgrade

A free application from Microsoft Corp. tells whether existing computers can handle an upgrade to Windows 2000.

The Microsoft Windows 2000 Product Analyzer is downloadable from www.microsoft.com/windows2000/upgrade/compat/ready.asp. The 2.6M app checks PC and server hardware, software and drivers.

In the GCN Lab, the analyzer found driver incompatibilities on a PC running Windows NT Workstation 4.0. Drivers for Hewlett-Packard Co. printers and network adapters from 3Com Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif., were judged incompatible, as was an antivirus program from Symantec Corp. of Cupertino, Calif. On a Windows 98 client, the analyzer noticed numerous minor compatibility glitches.

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