Best way to run Windows NT 3.1?

edited January 15 in Software

I want to run Windows NT 3.1, to experiment with the first version of NT. The problem is that VPC doesn't play well with it. And with VBox the things are always different from computer to computer (Sometimes works, sometimes it doesn't). And I want to avoid VMware because it needs a license and I'm too lazy to search a keygen.

Any suggestions would be really appreciated. Thanks!

Comments

  • You can use the free VMware Player, which doesn't have many limitations compared to workstation (you can only use one VM at a time is one I'm aware of)

  • Give PCem or maybe PCem-x a try.

  • I've had success with QEMU, just make sure the emulated hardware is from that time period. Here's my launcher shell script as a reference:

    #!/bin/bash
    
    qemu-system-i386 \
    -M pc \
    -m 16M \
    -drive file="WinNT3.1.qcow2",\
    index=0,if=ide,format=qcow2,media=disk \
    -drive file="en_winnt_3.1.wks.iso",\
    index=2,if=ide,format=raw,media=cdrom \
    -drive file="cdinstall.img",\
    index=0,if=floppy,format=raw \
    -boot order=ac,menu=on \
    -cpu 486 \
    -name "Windows NT 3.1" \
    -device sb16 \
    -device VGA \
    -rtc base=localtime
    
  • PCEM with Pentium 75, 32mb RAM, 1 gb hard drive ps/2 mouse, ne2000 card

  • I also recommend qemu. Maybe change "-M pc" to "-M isapc".

    @ubuntuxp said:
    I've had success with QEMU, just make sure the emulated hardware is from that time period. Here's my launcher shell script as a reference:

    #!/bin/bash
    
    qemu-system-i386 \
    -M pc \
    -m 16M \
    -drive file="WinNT3.1.qcow2",\
    index=0,if=ide,format=qcow2,media=disk \
    -drive file="en_winnt_3.1.wks.iso",\
    index=2,if=ide,format=raw,media=cdrom \
    -drive file="cdinstall.img",\
    index=0,if=floppy,format=raw \
    -boot order=ac,menu=on \
    -cpu 486 \
    -name "Windows NT 3.1" \
    -device sb16 \
    -device VGA \
    -rtc base=localtime
    
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