Microsoft® Windows® 95 and Windows NT ® Workstation
Technical Feature Comparison

This table summarizes features which the products will share over time. Windows NT Workstation 4.0 brings the desktop user interface into parity across both products. Additional feature differences which exist today but will be resolved in the future are noted as "Future Release."

Product Feature Windows 95 Windows NT Workstation

System and Peripheral Requirements and Support

Runs MS-DOS device drivers Yes No
Runs Win16 device drivers Yes No
Recommended RAM for running multiple applications 8+MB
(32MB rec.)

(64MB rec.)

Typical disk space requirement 40MB 120MB
Runs on PowerPC™, MIPS® R4x00 and DEC™ Alpha AXP™-based RISC systems No Yes
Supports multiprocessor configurations for scaleable performance without changing operating system or applications No Yes

Application Support

Win32™ API for application development, OLE for linking data across applications Yes Yes
Preemptive multitasking of Win32 applications Yes Yes
Runs Win16 applications Yes Yes
Multimedia APIs (DibEngine, DirectDraw, DirectSound, DirectInput, Reality Lab 3D graphics libraries Yes DirectDraw and DirectSound. Others: 1997
DCOM No. In future release Yes
OpenGL® graphics libraries for 3D graphics Yes. Service Pack 1 Yes
System Resources Capacity Greatly expanded Unlimited
Runs MS-DOS applications Yes Most
Runs IBM® Presentation Manager® (through 1.3) and POSIX® 1003.1 applications No Yes

Application and Data Protection

Preemptive multitasking for Win16 applications No Yes
System completely protected from errant Win16 and Win32 applications No Yes
NTFS file system provides complete protection of files on a stand-alone system (files, folders, and applications can be made "invisible" to specific users) No Yes
Has automatic recovery from a system failure No Yes

Ease of Use

Next-generation Windows User Interface Yes Yes
Plug and Play technology that lets you add hardware automatically and dynamically reconfigure the system Yes No. In 1997 release


LAN connectivity and peer-to-peer networking, with all popular protocols including TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, DLC and NetBEUI Yes Yes
Open networking architecture provides a choice of clients, transports, drivers and extensibility for support of third party networking applications Yes Yes
Built-in Remote Access Services Yes Yes
Built-in Windows Messaging Client providing e-mail and fax Yes Yes
Built-in Microsoft Network (MSN) client software Yes Delivered separately post 4.0 release


Open system management architecture provides infrastructure for third party system management solutions Yes Yes
Supports existing and emerging system management standards (SNMP, DMI) Yes Yes
System policies to provide centralized control over desktop configuration Yes Yes
User profiles to provide consistent configuration for roving users or different users sharing a single system Yes Yes
Remote monitoring of system performance Yes Yes

System and Peripheral Support

Fully exploits 386DX, 486, and Pentium platforms Yes 486 and Pentium (no support for 386)

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