What is Windows NT in Computer Network?

Windows NT was produced by Microsoft in July 1993. Its 1st version was Windows NT 31 and windows 31 advanced server. It is processor independent multiprocessing, multiuser and component based on 2000.


There are various features of Windows NT, which are as follows −

  • It implements pre-emptive multitasking and multithreading operations.

  • It supports multiple CPU systems with SMP (Symmetric Multiprocessing technology).

  • Its security meets the US Department of Defence’s C2 standard.

  • The NT system is a popular network operating system because of its low price, strong application service capability, high performance, and rich software.

  • It supports various hardware platforms such as CISI (Intel system) and RISC (such as Power PC, R400, etc.).


The following services are among the essential services which are provided by Window NT Server and Workstation to a network −

File Services

There are two approaches for sharing files on a Windows NT Network. The first is based on simple file sharing, as on a peer-to-peer network. Any workstation or server can publicly share a directory to the network and set the attributes of data.

One big difference between Windows NT and Windows 95 and 98 operating systems is to share a Windows NT resource, and we should have administrative privileges.


Windows NT provides security for any resource on the network. A Windows NT network domain server maintains all the account records and manages permission and user rights.

To create any resource on the network, a user must have the right to complete a task and permission to use the resource.


In a Window NT Network, any client or server can function as a print server. By sharing a printer to the network, it becomes available to anyone on the network.

When installing a printer, you will first be asked whether the printer will be designated as a local printer or network printer. If you choose the network printer, a dialog box will appear, listing all the available network printers.