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In my opinion, Windows NT4 has to be one of the best operating systems ever released by Microsoft (especially server use). Once properly set up (i.e. patched and configured), NT4 will run and run. Hopefully this page will serve well for other NT4 users. Unlike most other NT4 websites, I will be looking into NT4 Terminal Services Edition as well as other versions, but only on Intel x86. I have never used NT4 on DEC Alpha, PPC and MIPS, so I really don't have any experience to share at all. All I know is that SP6 and more recent updates were released only for Alpha and Intel x86.
The Magic CommandBefore I begin, I would like to alert NT4 Terminal Services Edition users of the following: To install an application correctly, you should run the following command from the command line BEFORE installing:
And the following AFTER the installation has finished:
Web BrowsersFor Internet Explorer fans, you can get hold of Internet Explorer 6 SP1 for NT4 from Microsoft:
Word Processing/Office Software/E-Mail
DriversNT4 supports 'NT Kernel Mode Drivers'. This means NT4 cannot use VXD drivers (as used in Windows 3.11, 95, etc), or WDM (Windows Driver Framework) (as used in Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, etc). You are generally pretty stuck with having to use drivers that have been specifically written for NT4, or previous versions (your mileage may vary, though most NT3.51 drivers should work providing they have been written for the same architecture).
NTFS (NT File System)In short: Do not connect any hard disk that is being used by Windows NT4 to a later version of NT (e.g. 2000) unless you have a recent service pack (you should really have Service Pack 6 anyway). If you do (and haven't got that service pack installed), later versions of NT play sneaky tricks, and convert the old NTFS version to a newer version which NT4 cannot read. This can be disastrous as you may find that NT4 will no longer boot.
For more information on NT4 and large hard disks (ATA), please visit the following (excellent) website: Windows NT 4.0 Large HDD Info
Updates/SecurityFor NT4 Workstation/Server, please (again) visit the following site: Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack and Hotfixes and ERPMan's System Updates page - There's really no point me writing what's already been written. Alternatively, you should be able to fire up Windows Update from Internet Explorer, and get most hotfixes and security updates that way.
For NT4 Terminal Services Edition: Windows Update doesn't support this OS Edition, ouch, that means theres a lot of manual installation to do:
NT4 Workstation/Server Service PacksWindows NT4 x86 Service Pack 1
Windows NT4 x86 Service Pack 2
Windows NT4 x86 Service Pack 3
Windows NT4 x86 Service Pack 4 High Encryption 128-bit
Windows NT4 x86 Service Pack 5
Windows NT4 x86 Service Pack 6
Windows NT4 x86 Service Pack 6 High Encryption 128-bit
NT3.51 Workstation/Server Service PacksWindows NT3.51 x86 Service Pack 2
Windows NT3.51 x86 Service Pack 3
Windows NT3.51 x86 Service Pack 4
Windows NT3.51 x86 Service Pack 5
Windows NT3.51 x86 Post-SP5 Y2K Fix
NT3.5 Workstation/Server Service PacksWindows NT3.5 x86 Service Pack 3
NT3.1 Workstation/Server Service PacksWindows NT3.1 x86 Service Pack 3
Other DownloadsFastfat32 - FAT32 driver for NT4 and NT3.51 (x86)