|Windows NT 4 came out at a time when 32 MB was sufficient. FAT32 was still in the works on Windows 95 OSR2, so it never made it to the NT series until 2000. Windows NT 4 was arguably the best version of Windows for those who do serious multitasking, although some may argue NT 3.51 was the king. Can you surf the Internet with over 100 browser windows open on Windows 98 with just 32 MB of RAM? I was doing this in the mid-to-late 1990s on NT 4 without any problems.|
Well I don't understand why Microsoft still supports Windows NT 4.0 [...]
Microsoft isn't just around to support end-users. Businesses loved NT 4. They could reasonably lock it down so their users don't do things they shouldn't. Can you set file permissions or limit access to critical system files on Windows 95 / 98 / ME? Absolutely not. As long as the user can boot to MS-DOS, it is game over. Sure there were workarounds, but they were all easily circumvented. You simply cannot lock down a Windows 9x machine the way you can with NT.
[...] NT 4 comes with Internet explorer 2.0 when 95 had Internet explorer 3, 98 came with 5.0 [...]
NT 4 isn't for everyone. If you are trying to run games on it then NT is not for you. If you insist on limiting yourself to inferior, integrated browsers like IE, then NT is not for you. If you cannot live without USB, then NT is not for you (although some people have successfully added this support.) Windows NT happily runs relatively recent versions of Firefox and Opera without any problems. It can even run the same versions of IE that 98 runs, if you so are so inclined. NT can be a pain to set up and get things working the way you want, as T-R-A and others will agree, but once you do, it is way more stable than the 9x series.
[...] NT 4 doesn't even support Fat32 and why have ntfs support if you still can't have a large hard drive [...]
If you are referring to the main partition, then yes it has its limits. However, you can have an extended NTFS partition virtually as large as you want. I've run NT 4 on 80GB drives and larger without any problems. The trick is to just create a small partition during setup (say 2 GB), then install SP5 or SP6a. Then in Disk Administrator, set up the remainder of your disk as NTFS and install everything there. FAT32, while not native to NT, support can be added via third party means even to NT 3.51 if you must.
[...] Microsoft needs a new windows though that is designed only for end users. [...]
This will never happen anymore. They quit doing two separate lines (for the most part) with XP.
[...] NT 4 is like windows 3.11 with win32s and the win95 user interface [...]
I would never make that analogy to describe NT 4.0. If you had said the same thing to describe Windows NT 3.1 (minus the Win95 interface), then your analogy would be more valid given its inability to run most later Win32 programs and inability to handle long file names on VFAT partitions. Windows 98 actually borrows some driver concepts from NT, btw. Thus, it could be argued that Windows 98 is like a cheap knock-off of NT minus the stability, but that would be an equally inaccurate analogy.
[...] But some where Microsoft went wrong with XP because 2000 is much more crash free.. and 2000 is built on NT 4 technology so I guess they did something right with it. [...]
On this point, I agree. XP added much unnecessary bloat, and Vista adds even more. My personal opinion was that Microsoft stopped being innovative after Windows 2000, and newer versions added nothing of value that I cannot already do with 2000 or earlier. I run NT 4 (often dual booted with 9x to get the best of both worlds) on most machines, and have no desire to run anything beyond 2000 in the Windows world.