|I have to disagree with you a bit jackbomb|
Like Vista, Windows 2000 had serious issues with device drivers when it was first released. Most gamers stayed with 98SE until XP ("what 2000 should've been") was released. Win 2000 was supported by Microsoft for a long time after the release of XP. Under the hood, the two operating systems were fairly similar.
If my memory serves me, and I admit right now that it doesn't always.........lol, 2000 was pretty darn stable out of the box and came with a much larger driver base than XP or Vista ever did. In fact, I remember installing it and be completely impressed with the job MS did on that particular OS.
It's one big failing was that it sucked totally for gaming. I'm a hardcore gamer btw and have been since before video games were even invented (I was an avid pinball gamer until they invented video games) so you have to know I checked that out thoroughly. You could get some games to run, but they never performed as well on a 2000 platform as they did on 98. Some I could never successfully get to run at all.
When XP came out, and MS finally got some drivers for it, it ran games as good as 98 did and infinitely better than 2000 ever could. But keep in mind, 2000 was a work desktop, not a "home gaming" desktop like 98. XP combined both, the work and gaming in one OS.
I don't believe MS ever intended 2000 to be anything other than what it was/is.....a workstation desktop. Remember, 2000 is when they first came out with Active Directory. While 98 could be made to work in an AD environment (with a few tweaks) 2000 Pro was a solid client desktop that ran beautifully in an AD environment.
XP was a combination of the best of both of 98 and 2000. Which is to say, an NT based (thus giving you the infinitely better secuirty of NTFS) OS that was great for gaming.
I personally had a dual boot system at home for a long time that was 2000/98. When I wanted to game, I booted to 98. When I wanted to work, I chose 2000.
When XP was finally stable, and had a good driver database included, I then switched over to XP Pro and have been very happy with it ever since.
I skipped 95 back when and went from DOS/Windows 3.x to 98. I skipped over ME (never used it even once) and pretty much skipped 2000 except for in a work environment. I've not touched Vista and won't ever buy it period! If I progress beyond XP on the MS OS path, it'll be straight from XP to 7....but as I stated above, that will only ever happen if there should come a game or some other application that won't run on XP that I need or want badly enough to buy 7