Solved Latest HP PC (not server) that is supported on Windows NT 4.

November 1, 2012 at 16:22:25
Specs: Windows NT 4.0
Wow, a Windows NT forum... I have a customer that is a slave to Win NT 4.0, they run an application that is only used on Win NT 4.0. They are a slave to the old school HP Vectra PC's. I have been replacing the parts, system board, drives, you name it for the past year or so. I would like to move them to something newer than these things.

Does anyone know what the latest type PC or architecture that can be used with Windows NT 4.0? Is there some type of matrix that shows all boxes / CPU types that are supported on NT 4.0.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.


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November 1, 2012 at 22:38:27
NT4 will not run on even remotely modern hardware. The problem is the lack of NT4 compatible drivers. Hardware manufacturers gave up on NT4 a long time ago.

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November 3, 2012 at 21:18:24
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You don't have to limit yourself. NT 4.0 will install on any modern machine, just get one that has PCI slots and ISA if required for video/sound/network.

If you're going to be employing legacy ISA video/sound/network cards (the old long black slots), IEI Technologies still manufactures modern motherboards with 2 ISA slots on them (see here). The specific boards with ISA slots are the IMBA-G412ISA and the IMBA-9454ISA.

If you're worried about device drivers, it isn't hard to take NT 4.0-compatible video/sound/network cards from one old NT machine and put them in the newer one. As LMiller7 said, you won't find new video/sound/network hardware with NT drivers, so this will be your only route to get NT working with new hardware. To avoid messing around too much you're going to want a board that supports IDE drives (SATA can be done but may be challenging), and slots for PCI and ISA cards (ISA only if needed for video, sound, and network). Get a modern board and processor with 4GB RAM and NT will run very nicely on it.

I've installed Windows 95 and NT 4.0 both on modern equipment. Again, device drivers would be your only issue but I mentioned how to get around that. It's true hard drives don't last forever, but I've got video/sound/network cards from 20 years ago that still work. Cards have a lack of moving parts likely means a very long (but still finite) lifetime. There is no reason you shouldn't be able to get NT up and running on a newer board/processor/RAM.

If you need further guidance, let me know. Generally if you want it, it can be done.

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November 10, 2012 at 03:18:44
If you are interested, there is another way to run NT 4.0 on up to date machines:

run NT as guest inside a virtual machine hosted by a modern operating system.

You can choose VMWare or a free system as MS Virtual PC or the open source VirtualBox. Both are higly reliable and pretty easy to set up. The NT 4.0 environment and the host system can be fully integrated just like any usual Windows application since under virtualization NT 4.0 executes in a window or, if you prefer, at full screen. I used that technique for legacy Win 95 programs under Vista and all went fine.

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