How to install windows nt 3.51 on modern hardware

December 1, 2013 at 07:34:45
Specs: windows nt 3.51, Intel g5 2ghz / 4gigs
I would like a step by step guide as on how to do so. My attempts have been fruitless and I am clueless as to how to install windows nt 3.51.

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#1
December 1, 2013 at 07:50:27
You probably can't. NT was never designed with SATA disks, modern graphics cards, USB, etc. in mind. 3.5 wasn't even the most recent version. I think your only option is to run it in a Virtual Machine.

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#2
December 1, 2013 at 08:07:56
Your best choice is to install NT 3.51 inside a virtual machine hosted by up to date hardware and operating system. As virtual machine I suggest MS Virtual PC or open source VirtualBox, both absolutely free and quite easy to set up. DOS and Windows 98 run perfectly this way under Windows 7.

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#3
December 1, 2013 at 19:21:18
I have a scsi hard disk. My main issue is why do I get a blue screen of death every time I try to install it

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#4
December 1, 2013 at 19:27:10
What is the complete hardware breakdown of the machine you're trying to install it on? I suspect IVO is correct about your best bet being to install it under a VM.

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#5
December 1, 2013 at 22:25:17
Computers tend to work best when the the hardware and OS are of similar age. The greater the difference the more difficult installation will be and the less satisfactory the results. Installing NT 3.5 on modern hardware may prove impossible. At the very least it will be a long and difficult road.

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#6
December 1, 2013 at 23:13:01
Do you have drivers for your SCSI card? If it's new hardware then NT wouldn't know how to work it. The same goes for the rest of your hardware.

Edit: You might like to review this document from Microsoft about troubleshooting NT 3.51 installation: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/139733

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#7
December 2, 2013 at 06:11:00
NT 3.51 supports up to 4GB RAM and I have run it without problems on processors all the way to Pentium 4 with no issues. NT 3.51 fixed many of the issues with NT 3.5 which lacked PCMCIA support and couldn't run on processors newer than the original Pentium. With Service Pack 5, Firefox and Office 97, it's quite a usable operating system.

The first two things you need are the boot disks (Disk 1, (alternate), Disk 2, (alternate), and Disk 3 (alternate)) and Service Pack 5 (alternate).

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#8
December 2, 2013 at 10:26:37
I wouldn't describe a Pentium 4 as "modern hardware".

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#9
December 2, 2013 at 17:28:56
Well, a 2gb scsi hard disk, the scsi controller is an iomega jaz jet pci to scsi. 4gb ram, i5 processor 2.7ghz.

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#10
December 3, 2013 at 01:04:11
Have you installed the driver for that SCSI card?

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#11
December 3, 2013 at 17:14:41
No, but it does detect the card and give the correct name? How do I install it during nt installation?

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#12
December 3, 2013 at 23:06:40
According to the documentation for that card you need to install a driver when installing NT 3.51. You should have a software disk with the drivers and instructions on how to use them. If not then you'll have to search the Internet for it. There is still no guarantee that other hardware in your computer will work. In particular, you will probably be limited to 800x600 graphics at best.

The computer can detect details of PCI cards directly from the cards but it may still need a driver to use them.

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