(Windows New Technology, NT) Microsoft
's 32-bit operating system
developed from what was originally intended to be OS/2
3.0 before Microsoft
ceased joint development of OS/2. NT was designed for high end workstations
(Windows NT 3.1), servers (Windows NT 3.1 Advanced Server), and corporate networks (NT 4.0 Enterprise Server). The first release was Windows NT 3.1
Unlike Windows 3.1
, which was a graphical environment that ran on top of MS-DOS
, Windows NT is a complete operating system. To the user it looks like Windows 3.1, but it has true multi-threading, built in networking, security, and memory protection
It is based on a microkernel
, with 32-bit addressing for up to 4Gb of RAM
, virtualised hardware access to fully protect applications, installable file systems, such as FAT
, built-in networking, multi-processor
support, and C2 security
NT is also designed to be hardware independent. Once the machine specific part - the Hardware Abstraction Layer
(HAL) - has been ported to a particular machine, the rest of the operating system should theorertically compile without alteration. A version of NT for DEC
machines was planned (September 1993).
NT needs a fast 386
or equivalent, at least 12MB of RAM
(preferably 16MB) and at least 75MB of free disk space.
NT 4.0 was followed by Windows 2000
newsgroups: news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.setup, news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.misc.