Windows NT 4.0

Windows NT 4.0 is a preemptive, graphical and business-oriented operating system designed to work with either uniprocessor or symmetric multi-processor computers. It was the next release of Microsoft's Windows NT line of operating systems and was released to manufacturing on 31 July 1996 . It is a 32-bit Windows system available in both workstation and server editions with a graphical environment similar to that of Windows 95. The "NT" designation in the product's title initially stood for "New Technology" according to Microsoft's then-CEO Bill Gates, but now no longer has any specific meaning. Windows NT 4.0 was succeeded by Windows 2000 in February 2000. Windows NT 4.0 is classified as a hybrid kernel operating system.

While providing much greater stability than Windows 95, it was also less flexible from a desktop perspective. Much of the stability is gained by the use of protected memory and the hardware abstraction layer. Direct hardware access was disallowed and "misbehaving" applications were terminated without needing the computer to be restarted. The trade-off was that NT required an excessive amount of memory in comparison to consumer targeted products such as Windows 95.

While nearly all programs written for Windows 95 will run on Windows NT, the majority of 3D games will not, due in part to NT 4.0 having limited support for DirectX. Third-party device drivers were an alternative that could to access the hardware directly, but poorly written drivers became a frequent source of "stop errors". Such failures began to be referred to as the "blue screen of death" or BSOD and would require the system to be restarted in such cases. These errors were rare and it was not uncommon for NT servers or workstations to run for months at a time without failure. By comparison Windows consumer versions at the time were much less stable and popularized the belief that all Windows versions were unreliable.

Windows NT 4.0 is also less user-friendly than Windows 95 when it comes to certain maintenance and management tasks; for instance, by default there is no Plug and Play support (although limited support could be installed later) which greatly simplifies installation of hardware devices. Many basic DOS applications would run, however graphical DOS applications would not run due to the way they accessed graphics hardware.

The difference between the NT and "9x" lines of Windows ended with the arrival of Windows XP, by which time the gaming APIs—such as OpenGL and DirectX—had matured sufficiently to be more efficient to write for than common PC hardware and the hardware itself had become powerful enough to handle the API processing overhead acceptably.

Windows NT 4.0 is the last major release of Microsoft Windows to support the Alpha, MIPS or PowerPC CPU architectures. It remained in use by businesses for a number of years, despite Microsoft's many efforts to get customers to upgrade to Windows 2000 and newer versions. It was also the last release in the Windows NT line to be branded as Windows NT.

Vimicro ZS211 Camera Driver

This is a very common webcam, the Vimicro ZS211 is known under many different names and the specs change a bit between branding. This Chinese camera was made to order in large batches and was branded by company that put the order in, hence why it is under dozens of names.

Memorex MX5500RF Keyboard & Mouse Driver

Memorex MX5500RF Keyboard & Mouse Driver are below for Windows NT 4.0 to Windows XP but the drivers may work on Windows 7 and later, try at your own risk. Make sure the Keyboard and mouse have good batteries.

 

Intel 82371SB PCI to USB Universal Host Controller Driver

This driver for the Intel 82371SB PCI to USB Universal Host Controller Driver is required for many USB disk drive devices like the Iomega Zip drives and other devices. The driver does support up to Windows XP and Server 2003 but later operating systems should not need to have a driver installed as it is included. Install this driver with extreme caution as it is a base system driver. As always backup your data before installation.

ESS 1869 Sound Card Windows 98 SE Drivers

Modern operating systems should install the drivers for the ESS-1869 sound card, older operating system will need drivers to get the card to be recognized by Windows or DOS. Drivers are Below.

Nvidia Drivers for Windows NT 4.0

Even though Windows NT 4.0 was mainly on business and school systems, you could still play all those 3D FPS games with a good graphics card. Not as common as gaming on Windows 95 but some people *cough* *cough* would play those games at work, and Windows NT 4.0 with all the service packs installed was pretty darn good and was the same base code as Windows 2000 and XP.

3Dfx Voodoo 2 Drivers

In 1998, 3dfx released Voodoo's successor, the popular Voodoo2. The Voodoo2 was architecturally similar, but the basic board configuration added a second texturing unit, allowing two textures to be drawn in a single pass.

Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 Digital (Dell OEM, SB0220) drivers

The Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 Digital (Dell OEM, SB0220) had the EMU10K1 chip that was missing in the previous model of the DELL Live! OEM as was hardware EAX/DirectSound/DirectSound3D acceleration.

Drivers below range from Windows 95 to Windows XP. Later OS may have drivers included with Windows however some features of the card may not be accessible.

When drivers are not installed for this sound card you may be presented with a code 28 error.

HP LaserJet 4 Drivers (DOS, Windows 3, 3.1, 9x, NT, XP)

The HP LaserJet 4 (abbreviated sometimes to LJ4 or HP4) is a group of monochrome laser printers produced in the early to mid-1990s as part of the LaserJet series by Hewlett Packard (HP). The 4 series has various different models, including the standard LaserJet 4 for business use, the 4L for personal use and the 4P for small businesses. Additional models included the 4Si model, created as a heavy-duty business printer, and the 4V model, a B-size printer for desktop publishing and graphic artists.

Sound Blaster 128 Vibra (CT4810)

Creative Sound Blaster (CT4810) Audio PCI audio card. With its high PCI bus speed and high-quality audio performance, Creative Sound Blaster AudioPCI is the ideal choice for your computer.
Featuring 128-voice wave-table synthesis with high sample rate convertors, Creative Sound Blaster AudioPCI ensures a high level of audio quality and performance

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