Windows NT Workstation

At A Glance

Publisher
Microsoft

Web
www.microsoft.com/ntworkstation

Status
Not available, Not supported

Introduced
Aug-1993

Latest
Windows NT with SP 6a

Design
GUI, Multi-tasking

Type
Workstation

Details

Summary
The Windows NT series is a graphical OS, designed for corporate workstations and servers. NT has a similar look and feel of Windows 98, but is a completely different OS. It is a more robust design, with advanced security and administration. It does lack some compatibility with DOS and Windows 9x games, and other applications that need to communicate quickly (i.e. directly) with the hardware. Microsoft has updated this with the newer Windows 2000.

News

30-Jun-2003 – Microsoft End of life – no support. Online self-help ended Jun-2004

Service pack 6a released. See Downloads below.

Requirements

Product
Windows NT Workstation

Processor
486DX 33 MHz or better, but you really ought to have more horsepower

RAM
16 MB (32-64 MB recommended)

Drive space
110 MB

Drives
Runs from hard disk

Video
VGA or better

File systems
FAT, NTFS (NT v3 supports HPFS as well)

Compatibility
Windows 16-bit programs (Windows 3.x type programs)
Windows 32-bit programs
DOS programs in a “DOS box” while Windows is running (not all programs run)

Interface
Windows NT provides a GUI interface. It does supports a text-based DOS window while Windows is running.

Installation
Can be installed in its own primary partition on the first drive. When installing to any other partition (logical or primary) on any drive, a small portion must be installed in a bootable FAT or NTFS primary partition on the first drive.

Variants
Windows NT Workstation
Windows NT Server
Windows NT Server, Terminal Server Edition
Windows NT Enterprise Server

Versions
Windows release timeline
3.1 Aug-1993
3.5 Sep-1994
3.51 Jun-1995
4.0 Aug-1996
Service Pack 6a- Released 2000

Downloads
Upgrade to SP6a

Links
Microsoft
Windows NT Workstation Home page
Support
Downloads
Hardware Compatibility
Developers

Books
Books on Windows NT

Publisher

Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052 USA

Phone 1-206-635-7000 (support)
Web www.microsoft.com

Support
Limited support to user’s who purchased retail copies.
OEM users (i.e. included with a new PC) are referred back to the computer manufacturer for support.

Alternatives
Windows 2000, XP, Windows Vista, FreeBSD, Linux, Solaris

Secrets
Windows NT Setup SwitchesAuto Filename/Folder completion – DOS box
Skip Wait for Login
Uncommon keyboard shortcuts

Pricing
Windows NT Workstation $319
Windows NT Workstation – Multiple License Pack $269
Windows NT Workstation upgrade $149 (from NT v3 only)
Windows NT Workstation – Academic users – $139

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