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Version 4.5?[edit]

As the Windows 3.x page omitted mention of version 3.11 (NOT the For Workgroups one!) This page doesn't mention Windows NT 4.5.

FYI, if you're a die-hard fan of Program Manager and File Manager and lament their non-existence in Windows 2000 and Windows XP, the PROGMAN.EXE and FILEMAN.EXE from NT 4.5 run perfectly in 2000 and XP. You get long filename support but no right mouse button support. All you need are those two EXE files, drop them into any directory in your Path and enter progman or fileman in Start> Run. :)

There's no such thing called "Windows NT 4.5"; see Talk:Windows NT#Missing version? for details. --tyomitch 20:09, 10 November 2005 (UTC)

There is, its BackOffice server - the ancestor of Windows Small Business Server. It is NT4 + Some stuff like exchange and SQL. It identifies itself as 4.5 but it is not really a seperate version, its NT4 server under the hood.Contributions/ (talk) 17:56, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

Yes, it was called Microsoft BackOffice Server 4.5, not Windows NT 4.5 - there was no such thing, hence no mention of it on this page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Djonesuk (talkcontribs) 22:01, 3 November 2010 (UTC)

32-bit operating system[edit]

Windows NT was a "32-bit operating system" for the Intel 386 and derivatives, earlier PowerPCs, and early MIPS; but it was a 64-bit operating system for the DEC Alphas, which were 64-bit processors from the start.—Kbolino 09:16, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

No. Windows NT was not 64-bit on Alpha in any meaningful way, so in a moment I'll "Be Bold" and fix that. In some places NT applications on Alpha needed to use a 64 bit register to store an address, but Microsoft's own documentation is clear that only the bottom 32 bits may be used. I understand it's important to cite references, but obviously I'm just going to delete the incorrect part of the page leaving nothing to reference, so I'll just say that the July 1998 editon of the Microsoft Systems Journal is one of many places which mentions this. — 17:03, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

Come on, silly-buns! There is currently no information in the article stating what architectures Windows NT 4.0 supports! dreddnott 06:50, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

It supported 4: PowerPC (yes, really.), x86, Mips, and Alpha (except for a certain class). If you can get your hands on the NT 4 disc it's printed ON the disc - all four architecutres shipped on the same CD...

I have NT4 server and it only has x86, Alpha and MIPS. May be true for other versions though, i know PowerPC was planned for NT 3.51 but that never materialised due to delays —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:35, 28 April 2009 (UTC)

Windows NT and its lessening of its microkernel architecture[edit]

In version 4.0, Windows NT incorporated the GDI into the kernel in order to speed up the interface. Largely, this was to appease graphic designers. Colin Keigher 03:22, 17 April 2006 (UTC)

"the fourth major release"[edit]

Not sure how to re-word the first line (if an explanation of the ambiguity is needed in the article text or not, etc.), but it's the fourth significant release. Literally and technically speaking, it's the second major release (NT 3x, NT 4x, because there was no 1x/2x). I believe 'significant' was the intent of the original author.

I would say it's the fourth release, period. Service Packs don't count. As you say, "major" software releases usually imply an increment of the major (first) version number. Letdorf 13:48, 28 June 2006 (UTC).

Either way its still the fourth.

NT Began at 3.1 And there was 3.5 and 3.51

So NT4.0 is the fourth release still. (talk) 02:47, 26 April 2009 (UTC)

Security section[edit]

It looks like the section titled "Security" is out of place. Its not very encyclopedic. It mentions one vulnerability only, and does not discuss NT4's security as a whole. I think that it should be re-written to cover more of NT 4.0's security, or removed. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 22:52, 29 December 2006 (UTC).

  • I marked this as being confusing. I think it should also be rewritten, I don't understand the context in which this section is written. I agree the section should be re-written to discuss security issues within the platform as a whole. Lasdlt 18:55, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Please don't shoot me for being anonymous. I'll rewrite it, if you think it's better you can keep it, if not just revert it. I won't give any hassle if you do. -amp_man 26 June 2007

Hardware support[edit]

It is stated that NT 4.0 does not support USB, however, some drivers for USB devices were made available, such as for USB Mass Storage and USB HID. Maybe this should be mentioned? see . Mallardtheduck 01:50, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

Too many gaming references[edit]

Windows NT was never designed for gaming, said references in the opening of this article should be removed or redelegated elsewhere.Scott 110 05:38, 30 June 2007 (UTC)

Desktop Update[edit]

The article should mention the "desktop update" for Windows NT, which came with internet explorer 4.0. This update provided a very nice update to the Windows NT shell, making it as user-friendly as the Windows 98 shell. It allowed for context menus when you right-click the start menu, added the "QuickLaunch" toolbar to Windows NT, allowed for Active Desktop, and updated the windows file manager.

IE4 is not available on the Microsoft website, but you can find it in various places, like the Windows NT Option Pack CD, Windows 95 C OSR2.5 CD, the Outlook 98 CD, or the Visual Basic 6.0 CD.

Download IE6 SP1, and get the IEAK (IE Administration Kit). Using that you can build a customised version of IE6 that includes the desktop update and all patches suitable for IE6 on NT4

NT 4 Screenshot.[edit]

Maybe it would be better if the NT 4 screenshot was of the Workstation version and ot of server. Just a thought.

CodenameCueball 10:22, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

They are basically identical, just the workstation one has a blue background image with the old style windows "flag" logo instead of the white backoffice/windows server system "swoosh" one that server has. Terminal Server uses a naff black background. Otherwise they are identical except server has some management tools.

workstation -> server[edit]

I seem to remember some stuff that went on around the release about how by doing some registry mods, you could basically convert NT4 WS to Server. In fact I seem to remember O'Rielly being pretty involved in "exposing" this. Anyone think this is noteworthy and know the details? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Sabalon (talkcontribs)

The details are on O'Reilly and are linked to on Wikipedia from the Mark Russinovich page. It would make more sense to link to them from here. (talk) 14:34, 2 February 2009 (UTC)

Discontinued categories[edit]

This page belongs in Category:Discontinued versions of Microsoft Windows, not directly in Category:Discontinued Microsoft software. This version's lack of popularity does not justify otherwise. - Josh (talk | contribs) 20:15, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

Just FYI, this has been fixed. — Wenli (reply here) 02:12, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

Overview section[edit]

The overview section is basically a straw man comparison with Windows 95. Firstly, this is like lamenting the Ferarri F40 as sadly lacking compared to a Nissan Versa, because the former doesn't have an in car entertainment system. More importantly the overview should be just that, an over view. Djonesuk (talk) 21:56, 3 November 2010 (UTC)

Agreed. The current contents of Overview should be renamed to Comparison with Windows 95 and replaced. Atomice (talk) 13:32, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

Key people[edit]

Where are they in the article? I mean, the development personal? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wintceas (talkcontribs) 02:52, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Screenshot should be reverted (again)[edit]

An edit war regarding the main screenshot for this article ended with the new, non-default (custom themed) image, remaining, and the inability for a non-administrator to revert to a prior revision. Can we get a consensus to restore the original image here? Mdrnpndr (talk) 02:02, 18 May 2016 (UTC)

What version has the screenshot you'd prefer? Jeh (talk) 05:58, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
@User:Jeh: The oldest version you can see there, that of 03:47, 21 September 2010. Mdrnpndr (talk) 22:53, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
The version we have isn't “non-default”. Windows NT 4.0 uses those high-colour icons on systems with support for them. —ajf (talk) 13:05, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
@User:Ajfweb, it is most certainly non-default. Those icons are never used automatically on any version of Windows – you have to go and choose the theme manually. Furthermore, the icon style clashes horribly with the networking icon, which isn't themed. Mdrnpndr (talk) 22:53, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
@Mdrnpndr: Ugly as they are, the Windows 95 Plus! pack added these as the high-colour variants of the “normal” icons. They aren't a separate theme, they're part of the icon data. In fact, Windows NT 4.0, so far as I know, does not support the Plus! pack themes. But NT 4.0 does incorporate the rest of the 95 Plus pack!, and as part of that, NT 4.0 does use high-colour icons by default. So if you install it on a system with driver support for high colour icons, you get them. Thus the screenshot. —ajf (talk) 14:38, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
@User:Ajfweb, could you provide a link with more information on this? I'm still quite certain it doesn't switch the icons by default, but I remain open to being convinced otherwise.
Isn't having the icons on the screen in particular places, the Start Menu open, File Manager and "About" open, etc., also "non-default"? I'm just not seeing anything here that needs to be fixed. Jeh (talk) 15:50, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
@User:Jeh: No, we're talking about the alterations made to the stock theme here. Opening and closing windows (especially since it's done to demonstrate more features) has nothing to do with that. I don't see any moved icons in that screenshot either. Mdrnpndr (talk) 23:57, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
I'm still not seeing anything that needs to be fixed. Much ado about next to nothing. Jeh (talk) 00:58, 20 May 2016 (UTC)