Windows NT 3.x 3.1

edited May 2018 in Product Comments

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  • Microsoft Windows NT 3.1 Workstation (3.10.511.1) [Dutch] is version 3.10.5098.1 (NO 3.10.511.1)

  • Exactly where do you find the official build numbers in NT 3.1?

  • edited June 2018

    He've got this number from the kernel file version, which is not the same as the kernel internal version. CHeck this:

  • Microsoft Windows NT 3.1 Workstation (3.10.511.1) (3.5) is version 3.10.528 (NOT 3.10.511)!

  • @SomeGuy said:
    Exactly where do you find the official build numbers in NT 3.1?

    Try this website:

  • edited September 2019

    Before NT 4.0, the build number stored internally in the kernel differed from the file versions of the kernel files. The latter is lower than the actual build number that's pulled from inside the kernel by winver (it's also displayed on the bootscreen in some builds). If you dig around the imports and exports a bit, you'll find the API call I'm talking about.

    I think this was introduced either in build 239 (1991-12) or 297 (1992-06). Before that, the version info was obtained elsewhere, we know 1991-10 has no build number, so it would be interesting to see where and how build 196 stores it.

  • For those of you wanting and IDE CDROM driver for NT 3.1 here is a link to get one. I tried it on a Pentium II and it worked fine. Link: look for file IDE-NT.ZIP. Extract file to floppy and then run the setup file inside NT 3.1 and let it reboot. Once rebooted check file manager and you should see a CDROM icon next to the C: drive. Isert a CD and it should read it. Good luck
  • Any interest in the PM plug in for Windows NT 3.1? I actually bought the disks straight from MS$ in hopes it would under NT 3.5 which I actually bought as well. They didn't
    work with it. So when I got NT 3.1 installed they worked fine. I imaged the original disks. So let me know where to upload to. If any interest.
  • edited January 10
    "Advanced Server 3.10.5098.1" is actually build 511 Advanced Server mislabelled. The version number comes only from kernel's file version.
  • Does anyone know if there is a way to get a reasonable video driver working in VMWare for WinNT 3.1 Advanced Server? I can only get the default VGA 800x600 working.
  • Note: This release, for whatever strange reason, does not install on Pentium processors. To get the best performance from PCEM with this OS, I would suggest using a very fast 486.
  • There's a CPU check implemented that didn't reliably detect Pentium and later models until NT 3.51 was released. There's information online on how to bypass it, it's an artificial limitation with no actual issues if bypassed.
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