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Windows Nt - Not Popular?


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#1 tekchallenged

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 10:08 PM

I've been looking at Ebay, and Windows 98 seems to sell more easily and gets higher prices than NT, a newer version. Can anybody suggest why? Wasn't the program any good? Also, looking on my software, they say they'll work on 98SE/ME/2000/XP. Was NT quirky in some way?
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 01:48 AM

NT was designed as a corporate multiuser network server/client operating system, it wasn't ever marketed to the home user market. It was succeeded by Windows 2000 Pro/2000 Server (NT5) and Windows XP Professional/Windows Server 2003.

And yes, it was a bit of a quirky OS. It was a very stable OS, but trying to get certain drivers to install on it could be a hassle and a half.
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 01:56 AM

NT was designed as a corporate multiuser network server/client operating system, it wasn't ever marketed to the home user market. It was succeeded by Windows 2000 Pro/2000 Server (NT5) and Windows XP Professional/Windows Server 2003.

And yes, it was a bit of a quirky OS. It was a very stable OS, but trying to get certain drivers to install on it could be a hassle and a half.


Thanks for that - that makes sense :thumbsup: .
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 02:04 PM

All versions of Windows past the original NT use it's kernel. NT is alive, in a manner of speaking, in Vista, XP, Me, and probably will be for around for a while longer.

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 02:14 PM

Biggest single problem with NT4 IMO is no native USB support. This makes the OS more obsolete than Win98.

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 10:12 PM

Biggest single problem with NT4 IMO is no native USB support.

Sorry, I know nothing. What does that mean? You have to install something else to make USB ports work, or they just don't work at all, or ????
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Posted 21 May 2007 - 12:23 AM

Dell used to have an add on the enabled USB under WINNT, X86 version. I believe you can still find this if you go to http://www.2cpu.com and search the windows nt forum. I have not looked for a version for the Alpha build, yet. I am still running NT4 on a Dec 600a, with the original software load, from October, 1999.
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Posted 21 May 2007 - 05:36 AM

Tekchallenged, you have it right. NT4 was not "aware of" USB so it could not recognize or control USB devices. As Oldf@rt says, there were some third party drivers (add-on software written by other companies, such as Dell) that could be installed, that would allow at least some classes of USB devices to work.




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