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Microsoft Windows NT 3.1
Thanks to Christopher G. Mason for
these screen shots!
Windows NT 3.1 was the first version of Windows NT. The version
number 3.1 came about because the UI was a clone of Windows 3.1 and because
it conveniently "one upped" IBM's OS/2 version 2.1 that was shipping at
Unlike Windows 3.1, Windows NT 3.1 was a 32-bit operating system written
from the ground up. Originally the core of Windows NT was to be a replacement
core for OS/2 version 2, but IBM did their own re-write of OS/2 without
Microsoft. Microsoft instead took what they had written and turned it in
to a clone of their existing Windows product.
The Windows NT 3.1 boot logo. This version bears a greater resemblance
to the Windows 3.1 logo than later NT boot logos.
The NT 3.1 Program Manager. Aside from being user-aware it works like
the Windows 3.1 program manger. The Program Manager window contains a number
of program groups, each of which may contain a number of program items
which, when double-clicked, will launch the application specified by the
properties of the program item. Most of the accessories and applications
are 32-bit ports of the Windows 3.1 versions, although some stayed 16-bit
and run using the Windows 3.1 emulation subsystem.
The Windows NT Control Panel. Because Windows NT is an operating system
and not a graphical shell like Windows 3.1, there are several additional
control panel items to deal with services (the NT equivalent of TSRs) and
(click the above images for a larger picture)
The NT 3.1 about box with the boot logo set as the desktop background.
The NT 3.1 File Manager. Again, this is similar to the Windows 3.1 file
manager, but with a few NT specific features such as the "security" menu
item to control file permissions.
With NT 3.1, as with Windows 3.1, video settings were made through the
GUI version of the Setup program.
Windows NT 3.1 also includes 32-bit versions of all of the multimedia
components included with Windows 3.1.
Finally, shutting down Windows NT 3.1.