Windows NT celebrates twentieth anniversary




It’s Saturday exactly twenty years since the first version of Windows NT was released. Windows NT 3.1 – not 1.0 – the first version of Windows that is not based on DOS, but in a completely new developed kernel.

Although Windows NT 3.1 is not really a commercial success, the first NT version was innovative in many ways. Not only had no NT DOS kernel, NT 3.1 also supported the 32bit mode of CPUs. Also in userland applications that could run no longer directly with the hardware, which also provided the necessary problems with older software simultaneously. That under other operating systems, such as UNIX, has long been the case.

Windows NT was originally intended as a successor to OS / 2, together with IBM was made by Microsoft, but instead was NT led by architect Dave Cutler a completely new system. The first Windows NT version 1.0 with version number was not, but 3.1 since Windows 3.1 was at that time just appeared and Microsoft wanted to sow confusion.

Microsoft put NT in the market as a high-end operating system, designed for desktops in the upper segment and smaller servers. The operating system then also turned not everywhere that there was a whopping 16 megabytes of internal memory in order to boot NT.

Originally it was intended that the NT and ‘DOS versions’ of a Windows operating system would soon be back to Windows XP, but there were two windows branches coexist. For home users the DOS versions, such as Windows 95 and 98, were most popular, for NT servers was more popular, thanks to a better network stack and support for the then new NTFS. Is the Windows NT kernel in modified form still the foundation of Microsoft’s operating system. Also called Windows 8 officially Windows NT 6.2, Windows 8.1 will officially version 6.3 with Windows NT.


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