Saturday, May 28, 2016

Retro Computing, Modern Internet

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A while back, there was a thread on the Techexams Forums about retro computing. I don't remember the exact purpose of the thread, but reading through it inspired me to fire up my oldest operating system running in a VM at the time, which happened to be Windows NT Workstation 4.0, and see what I could do with it.  Very little software written in the last decade will run on NT4, so the installation is pretty stock.  I think I just have an older version of 7zip and an era appropriate version of Microsoft Office.  There is a screenshot below.

In the screenshot, you'll see Windows NT with Internet Explorer 2.0 in all it's glory, perusing the Techexams Forums.  The VM is running in Virtualbox, and as of version 5.0.10 (the version installed on my OpenSUSE workstation at the time this was written), the guest additions drivers CD still supports NT4.  Newer versions of Virtualbox may or may not still support Windows NT4, though I don't see any reason why they wouldn't.  And if anybody cares, I also have one NT4 Server running as a PDC and a second running as a BDC that also run perfectly fine in Virtualbox.

Since I was able to log in and make my post to the thread, I guess it was mission accomplished?


I believe current versions of VMware still support NT4.  Hyper-V does not, and as far as I know never did. Microsoft of course insists you to upgrade to the latest/greatest version of Windows at your own expense.

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