Windows NT 3.51 Workstation was released in 1995 and was
the third incarnation of the Windows NT platform. NT 3.51 was the
first Windows version to install TCP/IP protocol stacks as default.
Something we take for granted these days.
In December 2000 the life cycle of Windows NT 3.51 Workstation came to an end, three months after the retirement of it's server counterpart. Workstation, like all NT versions shares the same core code with its larger server family members, allowing for easier QFE (Quick Fix Engineering) updates. Although NT 3.51 is now long retired, meaning updates and supported software will no longer be issued. The patching process is still fairly easy thanks to the introduction of the Windows NT QFE system. Given the amount of time that Windows NT 3.51 has gone without HotFix's being released, there are likely some serious flaws in the released code and urge users to be extra careful when using NT 3.51.
It is important to remember if using Windows NT 3.51 Workstation
that it is no longer a supported Operating System. Currently most
software required to provide additional security will not
function. If your system can support it we recommend looking to
upgrade to a newer operating system. Especially if you are hosting
a IIS 1.0 based web server from you installation.
This guide is provided for frivolous purposes only. Windows NT 3.51 cannot be used to synchronise a Handheld PC.
If you can start with a fresh install of Windows NT 3.51 we recommend that you do the following:
Recommended Installation Procedure
Before installing any operating system it is important to have
all of the pieces of information and software that you will need
in order to successfully get up and running.
Drivers will have come with your PC, its hardware or both. It is important to note however that these drivers may not be current versions. Having updated drivers can provide significant performance benefits for your PC. We recommend that you crate a list of all the manufacturers of your system hardware and then check their web sites for current drivers.
NB: If you are installing a Network Interface Card in your PC, ensure that you have its drivers on a floppy disk.
The following list of updates will provide you with the highest level of security available to Windows NT 3.51. The Approximate total download size of all the listed updates is 25.61MB
NB: This guide does not cover IIS updates
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This guide assumes a certain level of system components have already
Service Packs and SRPs:
Internet Explorer QFE's:
Additional Installation Items: