Using NT on a Personal Computer

By Jim Pile, ITworld |  Opinion

Here is a question from reader, Tom:

"Our office has an information system installed (grant from Japanese
government) using a server and several workstations. The system uses
Windows NT as the OS for the server. I kind of like the NT system
features. Can NT be installed on an ordinary PC (not a server) and
still function as a 'server' to other PCs?

My officemate, the one in-charge of the system, says NT is only for
servers. I think it can be otherwise."

You are right Tom, it can be otherwise. You can install Windows NT on
your computer and use it on the network. However, there are a few
potential problems you might encounter. First of all, some of your
software may not run in Windows NT. Although most standard business
software packages will have no problem, many utilities that run in
Windows 9x will not run properly in Windows NT.

Also, we would not suggest installing Windows NT Server on your
personal computer. Instead, we suggest that you use either Windows NT
4.0 Workstation or Windows 2000 Professional. Having said that, you
need to be aware that some software running in Windows 9x and Windows
NT may not run in Windows 2000 Professional.

Before you install either NT or 2000 Professional, you should ensure
all the software you need to use will run properly. You can get some
information on upgrading to Windows 2000 at
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/default.asp.

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