Previous Page | Next Page

  1. Introduction
  2. Capabilities
  3. Structure
  4. The Registry
  5. System and Configuration Files
  6. Security
  7. Application Support
  8. Requirements
  9. Installation
  10. Unattended Installation
  11. Booting
  12. Filesystems
  13. Programs
  14. Control Panel
  15. Tool
  16. Commands
  17. Customization
  18. Environment Variables
  19. Printing
  20. Performance
  21. System Services
  22. Permissions
  23. Groups
  24. User Rights and Auditing
  25. User Profiles
  26. Policies
  27. Network Model
  28. Resource Access
  29. Network Browsing
  30. Protocol Support
  31. RAS
  32. Networking
  33. Backups
  34. Events
  35. Error Handling
  36. Diagnostic Tools
  37. Items to Memorize
  38. Terms
  39. Credits

Windows NT Workstation Requirements

NT Workstation Installation Phases

  1. Gathering information
  2. GUI Installation part where the name of the computer is entered along with other information.
  3. Networking - Adapters, drivers and protocols are selected and installed.
  4. Finish - Time, date and other options are set.

Hardware Requirements

Windows NT 4.0 Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) specifies hardware that can be run with the NT operating system.

Platform Requirements

  • Intel 80486/33 or higher (Pentium 75Mhz recommended), or a RISC processor such as MIPS, PowerPC, or DEC ALPHA.
  • 125 MB hard disk . 120M for the workstation, 130 for the server. For RISC platforms, the minimum is 160MB. On i386 acceptable performance is provided with 200Mb.
  • High-density 3.5-inch disk drive plus a CD-ROM drive.
  • Memory of 12 MB minimum; 16 MB recommended for the workstation. For the server 16 MB is required. 24MB provides acceptable performance, 48 MB will increase performance. For RISC platforms the minimum is 16 MB, 24 Mb is recommended, 32 makes performance acceptable, and 64 increases performance. For the RISC Dec Alpha, 32Mb is required.
  • A VGA or higher resolution video-display adapter.
  • Mouse or other pointing device and Network adapter card(s).

Checking Compatibility

There are currently two ways to check or test system compatibility.

  • HCL - Hardware Compatibility List lists the computers and peripherals that have passed Windows NT compatibility tests. The HCL includes the following topics:
    • CPU architecture support, which includes single and multiple processor support with CISC and RISC processors.
    • Storage device support.
    • Peripheral support including monitors, keyboards, pointing devices, modems, network cards, multimedia, and UPSs.
  • NTHQ NT Hardware Qualifier Utility - This program will inspect the computer for hardware incompatibility problems. It runs in DOS, so you must but a DOS disk that supports your CD-ROM driver to run it. To enter the program on the NT Workstation CD-ROM, enter the directory "\SUPPORT\HQTOOL" and type the command "makedisk". This will make a floppy which you must boot from to do the test.