NT for PowerPC?

Apple Power Mac 8500/120
September 14, 2008 at 21:46:36
Specs: NT 3.51/4.0, Sonnet G4-450 / 180MB
I vaguely remember when Windows NT 4.0 came out it was a somewhat big deal in nerd circles that it would be able to run on Macintosh computers. I've read up a little about this online and it appears to be true...I've also recently acquired an old Power Mac tower and would like to try it out.

System 9 leaves a lot to be desired for me, I've got nothing against it but like many people who grew up on the x86 side, I can't figure out what makes it tick and I don't like that. I'm assuming software for x86 NT isn't compatible with PowerPC NT? Where could I even go about getting a copy? I'm sure it seems like sacrilege to some but I think it'd be neat!

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October 20, 2008 at 19:51:19
Where could I even go about getting a copy?

This forum can't help you with that.

NT would run on the powerpc not just any apple version.

You had to get a converter program to run ms apps but its been so long I have forgotten its name.

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March 20, 2009 at 17:20:59
neelchauhan it is not against the law to put nt on powerpc since nt was designed to install on powerpc.

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April 20, 2009 at 12:20:46
NT4 PPC was released, but I don't think many service packs were released for it. You definately can't install SP6a on it, so you would be running an unpatched system. Microsoft kind of abandoned it in favour of x86 and Alpha


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August 7, 2011 at 14:23:19
This post is quite old, but since it hasn't been locked, I think I'll add to it for people browsing this thread in the future:

@Jnewman, why couldn't you install SP6a on it? Stanford University has Service Pack 3, 4, 5, and 6 available on their FTP (ftp://ftp.cs.stanford.edu/pub/Windows/NT-Stuff/, and I have all the packs going back to SP1 available on my site (http://sdfox7.com/winntsp.htm)

Regarding availability, NT 4.0 is available on eBay, brand-new still in the shrinkwrap, and this is a perfectly legal method of obtaining it.

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September 2, 2011 at 06:04:26
You can't install SP6a on it because there is no PowerPC version of the SP6a service pack available. You may have all of the i386 service packs for NT4, but you don't have any of the ones for Alpha, MIPS (if there are any), or PowerPC (if there are any). Service packs, just as they are now, were architecture-specific.

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September 6, 2011 at 08:23:30
"You definately can't install SP6a on it, so you would be running an unpatched system."

This one made me laugh. Windows NT 4.0's last service pack was issued 12 years ago, and hasn't been supported since 2004, so even with SP6 you're still running an unpatched system.

Not to worry Windows 95 and NT 4.0 still work fine. I have both on multiple machines at home even without years of support. Microsoft's end of "support" is just their way of kicking you to upgrade to the next latest and greatest version of Windows. I haven't yet found a modern virus that is compatible with Windows 95. DARN IT!

iMac G5 1.8GHz PPC, 2GB RAM, 160GB, Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.11, SuperDrive


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