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What is the recommended amount of RAM so that NT will function ok? The cpu is Pentium-2 400mhz, is 64 is enough for good performance, or do I need more
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Yep, it does.


See here the readme of the latest beta

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              Release Notes for Setup
    Microsoft Windows NT 5.0 Workstation and Server
                Beta 2a, January 1999
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(c)1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Microsoft, MS-DOS, MS, Windows, Windows NT, the Windows
logo, and other Microsoft product names or titles are
either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation in the U.S.A. and/or other countries.

Other product and company names mentioned herein may be
the trademarks of their respective owners.


This document provides complementary or late-breaking
information to supplement the Microsoft Windows NT 5.0
documentation. There are four release notes files on your
Beta 2a CD:
* Read1st.txt (preinstallation information)
* Setup.txt (basic information about running NT Setup)
* AdvSetup.txt (information about advanced Setup issues)
* Relnotes.htm (contains post-installation notes)

  Reading relnotes.htm requires that you use
  Internet Explorer 4.0 or equivalent Web-browsing
  software.

For information that was unavailable when these documents
were written, visit the Release Note Addendum at this Web
site:

http://ntbeta.microsoft.com/documentation/onlinedocs
/default.asp

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HOW TO USE THIS DOCUMENT
------------------------

To view Setup.txt on-screen in Notepad, maximize the
Notepad window.

To print Setup.txt, open it in Notepad or another
word processor, and then on the File menu, click Print.

SETUP INSTRUCTIONS
==================

Welcome to the Windows NT Workstation and Windows NT Server
version 5.0 Beta 2 release. This Beta release expires
240 days from the date of installation.

Setting up Windows NT 5.0 is easier than ever. This
document explains how to install both
Windows NT Workstation 5.0 and Windows NT Server 5.0,
as well as how to connect your computer to a network.
You should print and read this document before you begin
Setup. Installing a new operating system can involve many
choices. Windows NT 5.0 Setup guides you through these
choices as smoothly as possible.

Consult the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL), in the
\Support folder of the installation CD, for information
about compatible hardware. In addition, print and read
the following files, which are located at the root
directory of the Windows NT 5.0 Beta 2 CD:
*   Read1st.txt, for critical preinstallation information
*   AdvSetup.txt, for information about advanced Setup
    options, including, for Windows NT Server, how to
    create a domain controller.

Note: If you are installing Windows NT 5.0 on a DIGITAL
Alpha computer, refer to "DIGITAL Alpha Setup" later in
this document.

After you install Windows NT 5.0 Beta 2, print and read the
Release Notes (RelNotes.htm), available on the
Windows NT Beta 2 CD, for critical compatibility
information and a list of what's new in the product.

To view the online Windows NT documentation after you
install this Beta 2 release, click Start, point to
Programs, and then click Windows NT Documentation. You
can also view the online documentation at:
http://ntbeta.microsoft.com/documentation/onlinedocs
/default.asp

================================
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS DOCUMENT
================================
PREPARATION CHECKLIST
Meet System Requirements
Prepare Your Computer
Select and Prepare for Advanced Options
Select the Type and Method of Installation
GETTING STARTED
System Requirements
Recording Network Information
Backing Up Your Files
Upgrading vs. Performing a New Installation
STARTING SETUP
Starting Setup from the CD
Starting Setup from the Setup Boot Disk
Starting Setup from a Network
Connecting to a Network
CONTINUING AND COMPLETING SETUP
Understanding the Advanced Setup Options
Registering Your Copy of Windows NT 5.0
DIGITAL ALPHA SETUP
Preparation Checklist
Reviewing System Requirements
Starting Setup
DIGITAL FX!32 Version 2.0

======================
PREPARATION CHECKLIST
======================
This checklist helps you prepare to set up
Windows NT Workstation 5.0 and Windows NT Server 5.0.
Each item covers a Setup step and includes and a reference
that points you to other sections of this document for
details about each step. Before you start Setup, make sure
you have completed all of the steps in the Preparation
Checklist.

Meet System Requirements
========================
*   Review and meet minimum system requirements. Reference:
    "System Requirements" later in this document.
*   Configure a computer account and identify the server
    (Windows 95 and Windows 98 computers on Windows NT
    networks only). Reference:, "Setting Up a Computer
    Account on a Computer Running Windows 95 or
    Windows 98" later in this document.
*   Record the network information, including the name of
    the computer, the name of the workgroup or domain, and
    the IP address, if necessary. Reference: "Recording
    Network Information" later in this document.

Prepare Your Computer
Once you decide whether to upgrade your existing operating
system or to perform a new installation, follow the steps
below. For more information about upgrading vs. performing
a new installation, refer to "Upgrading vs. Performing a
New Installation" later in this document.
*   Back up your data. Reference: "Backing Up Your Files"
    later in this document.
*   Uninstall all virus scanners and third-party network
    service or client software before running Windows NT
    Setup. This includes WINS and DHCP services.
*   Disable disk mirroring.
*   Disconnect uninterruptible power supply (UPS) devices.
*   Locate materials, such as the Windows NT 5.0 CD or the
    network share where Setup files are available.

Select and Prepare for Advanced Options
========================================
*   Dual-Boot Configuration: Do you want the ability to
    choose between operating systems every time you start
    your computer? Reference: "Dual-Boot Configuration"
    in the AdvSetup.txt file on your
    Windows NT installation CD.
*   Disk Partitions: Do you need to create a disk partition
    or make changes to your existing disk partitions?
    Reference: "Disk Partitions" in the AdvSetup.txt file
    on your Windows NT installation CD.
*   File Systems: Do you want to use the more powerful
    NTFS File System (NTFS)? Reference: "File Systems"
    in the AdvSetup.txt file on your
    Windows NT installation CD.
*   Network Connection: Do you want to connect your
    computer to a network? Reference: "Connecting to a
    Network" later in this document.

Select the Type and Method of Installation
============================================
*   Decide whether to upgrade your existing operating
    system or to perform a new installation. Reference:
    "Upgrading vs. Performing a New Installation"
    later in this document.
*   Select an appropriate method of installation.
    Reference: "Starting Setup" later in this document.

================
GETTING STARTED
================
This section describes the basic preparations for running
Windows NT 5.0 Setup. Before you start Windows NT 5.0 Setup,
complete the steps given in the Preparation Checklist,
earlier in this document.

Note: For more information about advanced Setup topics,
such as network configuration, file systems,
disk partitions, and dual-boot configuration, see the
AdvSetup.txt on the Windows NT 5.0 Beta 2 CD.

Upgrading vs. Performing a New Installation
============================================
The first Setup decision you need to make is whether to
upgrade your current operating system or to perform a new
installation. Installing Windows NT 5.0 into your current
system folder is upgrading. Installing Windows NT 5.0 to
a new folder is a new installation.
An upgrade retains most of your system settings,
preferences, and program installations. You can upgrade to
Windows NT 5.0 Workstation from any version of Windows NT.
You can upgrade to Windows NT 5.0 Server from the following:
*   A Windows NT Server 4.0 or 3.51 primary domain
    controller(PDC).
*   A Windows NT Server 4.0 backup domain controller (BDC).
*   A Windows NT stand-alone or member server.
*   Windows NT Workstation 3.51 or later.
If you don't have a current operating system on your
computer or if you have a non-Windows operating system
(such as OS/2), you can still install Windows NT, but you
need to perform a new installation, not an upgrade. You
also use the new installation option to set up a dual-boot
configuration (for more information about dual-boot
configurations, see the AdvSetup.txt file). If you're
performing a new installation of Windows NT Workstation,
Setup automatically selects an appropriate disk partition
to use, unless you use the advanced option to specify a
partition (for more information about specifying a
partition, see the AdvSetup.txt file).

System Requirements
====================
The system requirements for installing Windows NT 5.0 on
Intel-compatible computers are listed below. Windows NT
Server requirements are listed in parentheses, if they
differ from the core requirements.

Note:  The "DIGITAL Alpha Setup" section, later in this
document, gives the system requirements for installing
Windows NT 5.0 on DIGITAL Alpha computers.

*   32-bit, Intel-based microprocessor computer
    (such as Pentium-compatible 166 MHz or higher) for both
    Windows NT Workstation and Windows NT Server.
*   VGA or higher resolution monitor
*   Keyboard
*   32 MB of RAM minimum (Windows NT Server: 64 MB of RAM)
*   Hard disk space with a minimum of 300 MB of free disk
    space for Windows NT Workstation. (Server: a minimum
    of 400MB of free disk space on the partition that will
    contain the Windows NT system files).  Several factors
    affect free disk space required by Windows NT 5.0 Setup,
    including disk cluster size, amount of RAM in the
    system, and the file system used (For example, NTFS uses
    a smaller disk cluster size than FAT file systems) and
    network compared to local installations (which requires
    less free space). Setup determines if you have
    sufficient disk space to successfully complete the
    installation with the optional components you have
    selected.
*   For CD-only installation, a bootable CD-ROM drive
    (so you can start Setup without using a floppy disk drive)
*   For floppy disk and CD installation, a high-density
    3.5-inch disk drive as drive A and a CD-ROM drive
*   For network installation, one or more network adapters
    installed on your computer and access to the network
    share containing the Setup files.      
*   A mouse or other pointing device
       
Recording Network Information
==============================
If you're performing a new installation and you want a
network connection, write down the following information
about your computer before you begin Windows NT Setup:
*   Name of the computer
*   Name of the workgroup or domain
*   IP address (if on a network that doesn't have
    a DHCP server)
*   For Windows NT Server, the client licensing mode
*   If licensed by Windows NT Server, the number of
    concurrent client licenses
You can ask your network administrator for any of this
information.

Backing Up Your Files
======================
Before you install Windows NT 5.0, you should back up your
current files. How you back up your files depends on your
current operating system. The following procedures describe
how to back up your files in Windows 95, Windows 98, and
Windows NT 4.0. If you're currently using another operating
system, consult its documentation for information about
backing up files.

Backing Up Your Files in Windows 95
Before backing up your files, be sure that the Windows 95
Backup program is installed. If Backup appears in
Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, then you can skip
this procedure and begin backing up.

*   To install the Backup program in Windows 95
    1.  Click Start, point to Settings, and then click
        Control Panel.
    2.  Double-click Add/Remove Programs, click the Windows
        Setup tab, and then select Disk Tools.
    3.  Click Details, and then select Backup.
    4.  Click OK, and then click OK again.
    5.  Insert your Windows 95 CD or Setup disk, and then
        click OK.

*   To back up files in Windows 95
    1.  Click Start, point to Programs, point to
        Accessories, point to System Tools, and then
        click Backup.
    2.  Read the information in the Welcome to Microsoft
        Backup dialog box, and then click OK. Microsoft
        Backup starts.
    3.  Read the Full System Backup information, and
        then click OK.
    4.  Select each item you want to back up. To see
        the contents of a folder, click the plus (+)
        sign to the left of the folder.
    5.  Click Next Step.
    6.  Select the device on which you want to store the
        backup files. For example, if you want to back
        up to a tape drive, click the tape drive icon.
    7.  Make sure you have a tape or disk in the backup
        drive, and then click Start Backup.
    8.  When prompted for a Backup Set Label, type a
        name for the backup. You can also set a password.
    9.  Click OK.
A message indicates that Backup is complete. If any errors
occur during Backup, they're noted in the lower left of
the Backup dialog box.

Backing Up Your Files in Windows 98
Before backing up your files, be sure that the Windows 98
Backup program is installed. To find out if Backup is
installed, click Start, point to Programs, point to
Accessories, and then point to System Tools. If Backup is
listed on the menu that appears, you can skip this
procedure and begin backing up.

*   To install the Backup program in Windows 98
    1.  Click Start, point to Settings, and then click
        Control Panel.
    2.  Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
    3.  Click the Windows Setup tab.
    4.  In Components, scroll down and select System Tools,
        and then click Details.
    5.  Select Backup, and then click OK.
    6.  Click OK again, and then insert your Windows 98
        CD or Setup disk when prompted.

*   To back up files in Windows 98
    1.  Click Start, point to Programs, point to
        Accessories, point to System Tools, and
        then click Backup.
    2.  Select Create a new backup job, and then click OK.
The Backup wizard starts. Follow the instructions on
your screen.

Backing Up Your Files in Windows NT 4.0
The Backup tool is installed by default in Windows NT 4.0.
However, you must have a tape drive installed to use the
Windows NT 4.0 Backup tool. For more information about
installing a tape drive, contact your hardware manufacturer.

*   To back up files in Windows NT 4.0
    1.  Click Start, point to Programs, click Administrative
        Tools (Common), and then click Backup. Windows NT
        Backup starts.
    2.  Select each item you want to back up. To see the
        contents of a folder, click the plus (+) sign to
        the left of the folder.
    3.  To start the backup, click Backup.

If you completed the "Preparation Checklist," earlier in
this document, you should now have all of the information
you need to successfully complete Windows NT Setup.

==============
STARTING SETUP
==============
This section describes the steps you take to start Setup.
Select an appropriate method for starting Setup from the
following sections.

Notes: The following procedures apply to Intel-compatible
computers only. For information about setting up DIGITAL
Alpha computers, see  "DIGITAL Alpha Setup" later in this
document.
For information about the advanced choices you can make
during Setup and about how to connect your computer to a
network, see "Continuing and Completing Setup" later in
this document.

Starting Setup from the CD
===========================
If your Windows NT installation files are on CD, and your
computer has a bootable (El Torito-compatible) CD-ROM
drive, you can install Windows NT 5.0 directly from the CD,
without using a floppy disk. The easiest way to know whether
your CD-ROM drive is bootable is to try starting Setup
from the CD.

*   To start Setup from the CD
    1.  Insert the Windows NT 5.0 CD into your CD-ROM
        drive, and then shut down your computer.
    2.  Start your computer.
If Setup starts automatically, your CD-ROM drive is
bootable. Continue with Setup, following the instructions
on your screen.
If you get a memory overflow message or Setup doesn't start,
your computer doesn't have a bootable CD-ROM drive. Remove
the CD, and then start Setup using the Setup boot disk.

Starting Setup from the Setup Boot Disk
========================================
To install from floppy disks, you need to create a set
of Windows NT 5.0 Setup Startup disks. You can use the
Setup boot disk (Disk 1 of the  three Setup Startup disks)
to start Windows NT Setup.

*   To create a set of Setup Startup disks:
    1.  Gather three blank, formatted, 1.44-MB disks,
        and then insert one disk in the floppy disk drive.
    2.  Insert the Windows NT 5.0 Beta 2 CD in the CD-ROM
        drive.
    3.  In the \Bootdisk directory, type makeboot.bat a:
    4.  Follow the instructions to complete the process.

*   To start Setup using the Setup boot disk
    1.  With your computer turned off, insert the
        Windows NT Setup Boot Disk 1 into your floppy disk
        drive.
    2.  Start your computer.
    Setup starts automatically. Continue with Setup,
    following the instructions on your screen.

Starting Setup from a Network
=============================
If your Windows NT installation files are on a network
drive, you can connect to the network to run Setup.

*   To start Setup from  a network connection
    1.  Using your existing operating system or an
        MS-DOS boot disk, establish your connection to the
        shared network folder containing the Setup files.
        If you need help doing this, see your network
        administrator.
    2.  If your computer is currently running Windows 95,
        Windows 98, or a previous version of Windows NT,
        type winnt32 at the command prompt. Then,
        press ENTER.
    -Or-
        If your computer is running any other operating
        system, including MS-DOS, Windows 3.1, or Windows
        for Workgroups, type winnt  /b at the command
        prompt. Then, press ENTER.
    3.  Continue with Setup, following the instructions
        on your screen.

Connecting to a Network
========================
Setting Up a Computer Account on a Computer Running
Windows 95 or Windows 98
If your computer is running Windows 95 or Windows 98 on a
Windows NT domain, make sure the computer has a computer
account before you start Windows NT 5.0 Workstation Setup.
Your network administrator creates the computer account
for you, or you can create the account yourself if you
have the appropriate network rights. After the account
is created, identify the domain. If you are a member of a
Domain when using Windows 95 or 98 to retain your profile
settings you will need to join the domain during setup
of Windows NT 5.0.

*   To identify the domain on a Windows 95 or Windows 98
    computer
    1.  Click Start, point to Settings, and then click
        Control Panel.
    2.  Double-click Network, and then click the
        Configuration tab.
    3.  Select Client for Microsoft Networks, and then
        click Properties.
    -Or-
        If Client for Microsoft Networks isn't listed on
        the Clients tab, click Add, click Client, click Add,
        click Microsoft, and then click Client for
        Microsoft Networks. Click OK, and then click
        Properties.
    4.  Select Log on to Windows NT domain, and then type
        the name of the Windows NT domain for your computer
        account.
    5.  Click OK, and then click OK again.
    6.  Restart your computer.

Upgrading Earlier Versions of Windows NT
If you're upgrading from Windows NT 4.0 or earlier versions,
and your computer belongs to a domain, ask your network
administrator to reset your existing computer account after
you start Setup. You cannot log on to the domain after the
upgrade until your account is reset.

Setting Up a Network Connection
During Windows NT 5.0 Setup, or at any later time, you can
connect your computer to a network. Setup finds your
network hardware and starts the Network Connection wizard,
which helps you install and configure the necessary
software. To connect your computer to a network, you must
log on as Administrator to connect your computer to a
network.
To connect to a network during Setup, you need the correct
hardware installed in your computer. This includes a
network adapter (network card or other device) and cables.
Windows NT automatically detects and installs typical
TCP/IP network software components during Setup.
If you're connecting to another type of network, or if
you're not connecting during Windows NT Setup, first
install the network hardware. Then, when you restart your
computer, the Network Connections wizard helps you connect
to the network. If you don't know the settings for your
network, see your network administrator.

*   To connect your computer to a network
    1.  Log on as Administrator (or as a user with
        administrator rights to your computer).
    2.  Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel,
        and then double-click Network Connections.
    3.  Right-click the Local Area Connection icon,
        and then click Properties.
    4.  Click Add. A list of network components appears.
    5.  Click Client, and then click Add.
    6.  In the Network Client list, select the client for
        the type of network you have, and then click OK.
        You may need to ask your network administrator
        for this information.
    -Or-
        If you want to install network software from a
        floppy disk or CD, click Have Disk.
    7.  Click OK, and then double-click the Local Area
        Connection icon. Your computer connects to the
        network.

Before you can log on to the network, you must specify
the domain name for your computer account and set up
your user account.

*   To specify the domain name for your computer account
    1.  Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
    2.  Click the Network Identification tab, and then
        click Change.
    3.  Click Windows NT secure domain, and then type the
        name of the domain to which your computer belongs.
    4.  In Domain Username and Password, type a user name
        and password of an account that has permission to
        create or modify a computer account.
    Note: The computer account may exist in a domain other
        than the one to which your user account belongs.
        If it does, you must type the user account domain,
        followed by a backslash and your user name, in the
        Domain Username and Password dialog box (for
        example, MYDOMAIN\myname). Remember that passwords
        are case-sensitive in Windows NT.
    5.  Click OK when finished.
    6.  Your computer joins the domain, and a Welcome
        message appears. Click OK.

=================================
CONTINUING AND COMPLETING SETUP
=================================
During Setup, you might want to select one or more advanced
options or connect your computer to a network. When you've
completed Setup, you can register your copy of
Windows NT 5.0.

Understanding the Advanced Setup Options
=========================================
During Setup, you can choose one or more of the following
advanced options. For a standard installation of
Windows NT, however, you don't need to use these options.
For more information about advanced options, see the
AdvSetup.txt file.

Dual-Boot Configuration
Do you want the ability to choose between operating
systems every time you start your computer? By using
a dual-boot configuration, you can run both
Windows NT 5.0 and another operating system, such as
Windows 98, on your computer. You need a separate
partition for each operating system you install. For
more information, see "Dual-Boot Configuration" in the
AdvSetup.txt file.

Disk Partitions
Do you need to create a disk partition or make changes to
your existing disk partitions? Disk partitioning is a
way of dividing your physical disk so that each section
functions as a separate unit. For more information,
see "Disk Partitions" in the AdvSetup.txt file.

File Systems
Do you want to use the more powerful NTFS file system?
A file system consists of files and folders and the
information needed to locate and open them. NTFS has
several advantages over the FAT and FAT32 file systems:
*   file security
*   disk compression
*   better scalability to large drives
Windows NT Setup makes your current file system the
default; however, you can change your file system to NTFS.

Note: Although NTFS works on dual-boot configurations,
certain factors must be considered. Before you set up a
dual-boot configuration with NTFS, be sure you understand
these issues, which are explained in the "File Systems"
section of the AdvSetup.txt file.

Creating a User Account
The first time you log on to your computer, you use the
computer's Administrator account. This account has all
of the rights needed to change computer settings, add
new users, connect to a network, and so on. Use the
following procedures to create a new user account, add
the user to a group or groups, and log on to your
computer as the new user.

*   To create a user account
    1.  Click Start, point to Programs, point to
        Administrative Tools, and then click Computer
        Management.
    2.  Double-click System Tools, double-click Local
        User Manager, and then double-click Users.
    3.  Click Action, and then click Create User.
    4.  In User name, type the user name (logon name).
        In Full name, type the user's full name.
        You can also type a description if you want.
    5.  In Password, type a password for the user,
        and then, in Confirm, type the password again.
    6.  If you want the user to change the password,
        make sure the User must change password at
        next logon check box is selected. Otherwise,
        select one of the other options.
    7.  When you're finished, click Create. The new user
        account is created, and a blank Create User screen
        appears. Create additional users, if you wish. If
        you don't want to create additional users,
        click Close.

*   To add a user to a group
    1.  Click Start, point to Programs, point to
        Administrative Tools, and then click Computer
        Management.
    2.  Double-click System Tools, double-click Local
        User Manager, and then double-click Users.
    3.  Right-click the user name you want to add to a
        group, and then click Properties.
    4.  Click the Membership tab, and then click Add.
    5.  Select the name of the group to which you want to
        add the user, and then click Add.
    6.  Click OK, and then click OK again.

*   To log on using the new user account
    1.  Click Start, click Shut Down, click Log off, and
        then click OK.
    2.  When the Logon prompt appears, type your user
        name and your password.
    3.  Click Options, and then select the domain to
        which your user account belongs. Click OK.
        Your computer connects to the network.

Registering Your Copy of Windows NT 5.0
========================================
When you start Windows NT 5.0 for the first time,
the Welcome screen appears. To register your copy of
Windows NT, click Registration Wizard and then follow
the instructions on your screen. You need a modem and
an Internet connection to use the online
Registration wizard.
===================
DIGITAL ALPHA SETUP
===================
This section explains how to set up Microsoft
Windows NT Workstation 5.0 on a DIGITAL Alpha computer.

Preparation Checklist
=======================
Use the Preparation Checklist to prepare for Windows NT
Setup on your DIGITAL Alpha computer.  Each item lists
what to do and gives a reference that points you to other
sections of this document for details about each step.
Before you start Setup, make sure you have completed all
of the steps in the Preparation Checklist.

*   Review and meet system requirements. Reference:
    "System Requirements for DIGITAL Alpha Computers"
    later in this document.  
*   Check that all hardware (network adapters, video
    drivers, sound cards, hard disk drives, CD-ROM drives,
    and so on) is supported for use with Windows NT 5.0.
    Reference: Windows NT Hardware Compatibility List, which
    is included on the Windows NT 5.0 Beta 2 CD).
*   Verify firmware version. Reference:  "Verifying Firmware
    Version" later in this document.
*   Record network information, including the name of the
    computer, the name of the workgroup or domain, and the
    IP address. Reference:  "Recording Network Information"
    earlier in this document.
*   Back up your data. If you are using Windows NT 4.0, also
    back up your disk configuration information. Reference:
    "Backing Up Your Files" earlier in this document.
*   Uninstall all virus scanners and third-party network
    service or client software.    
*   Create disk partitions, if needed, and format the system
    partition as FAT. Reference: "Setting Up Disk Partitions"
    later in this document.
*   Decide whether to upgrade your existing operating system
    or to perform a new installation. Reference:  "Upgrading vs.
    Performing a New Installation" earlier in this document.

Reviewing System Requirements
===============================
This section describes the basic preparations for running
Windows NT 5.0 Setup. Before you start Windows NT 5.0 Setup,
complete the steps in the Preparation Checklist.

System Requirements for DIGITAL Alpha Computers
The following list shows the system requirements for
installing Windows NT 5.0 on DIGITAL Alpha computers.
Windows NT Server requirements are listed in parentheses,
if they differ from the core requirements.
*   DIGITAL Alpha EV4 200 MHz and higher with the latest
    firmware version installed
*   VGA or higher resolution monitor
*   Keyboard
*   One or more hard disks, with minimum 400 MB of free
    disk space on the partition that will contain the
    Windows NT system files
*   48 MB of RAM minimum  (Windows NT Server: 96 Mb of RAM)
*   For any computer not installing over a network, a
    CD-ROM drive.
*   A high-density 3.5-inch disk drive as drive A, (unless
    you are using the compatible CD-ROM drive needed to
    start Setup without using a floppy disk drive or you
    are installing Windows NT 5.0 from a network. If your
    computer has only 5.25-inch disk drives, you must
    install from a network.)
*   If you want to connect your computer to a network, one
    or more network adapters
*   A mouse or other compatible pointing device


Verifying Firmware Version
Before you install Windows NT 5.0 on a DIGITAL Alpha system,
you need to verify that the required firmware version is
installed on the computer. The required firmware version
varies, depending on the type of Alpha system. Newer Alpha
systems use AlphaBIOS, and older Alpha systems use ARC
firmware.

Note: If you already have the required firmware version for
running Windows NT 4.0, you don't have to upgrade your
firmware before you install Windows NT 5.0. DIGITAL
recommends, however, that you upgrade your firmware to
take advantage of the latest enhancements and bug fixes.
You can find firmware and drivers on the Services and
Support pages of the DIGITAL Web site at:
http://www.windows.digital.com/support
You can also find the latest firmware and drivers for
DIGITAL Alpha systems at the DIGITAL FTP site at:
ftp://gatekeeper.dec.com/private/fwaxp
Because fwaxp is a hidden folder, you must type the complete
path if you are using a Web browser.
In the United States, you can call the DIGITAL Equipment
Corporation technical support line at 1-800-354-9000 for
further assistance. In other locations, contact your local
authorized DIGITAL representative for more information.

Setting Up Disk Partitions
All DIGITAL Alpha systems have Windows NT preinstalled.
If you reformatted the disk and plan to reinstall
Windows NT, however, you need to create a 6-MB system
partition and format it as FAT. If your computer uses
AlphaBIOS, you can automatically create the system
partition using the Hard Disk Setup option in AlphaBIOS
Setup. If your computer uses ARC firmware, use the Arcinst
program to create partitions.
Because Windows NT uses the disk partitions in a certain
order, the 6-MB system partition should be the last
partition on the disk. In other words, you first create a
large extended partition, and then you create a 6-MB system
partition. A DIGITAL Alpha computer can have several system
partitions that are configurable through AlphaBIOS Setup.
Each system partition must be formatted with the FAT file
system, but nonsystem partitions can use the NTFS file
system.

For information about setting up more than one system partition
on a Digital Alpha computer, see your hardware documentation.
See the following Web site for important information on
configuring and installing Windows NT 5.0 on Digital Alpha
computers:
http://www.windows.digital.com/support/support.asp

Note: The following steps create two partitions, and the
second, smaller partition is the system partition. The
system partition can be at the beginning of the drive,
however. this is not advisable. Windows NT sets the first
partition drive letter to C, causing programs that
"assume" they will be installed on drive C to fail.

Creating Partitions on Computers Running AlphaBIOS Firmware
If your system is running AlpahBIOS firmware, use the
following procedure to create a system partition.

*   To create a system partition using the Hard Disk
    Setup option
    1.  Shut down and then restart the computer.
    2.  At the AlphaBIOS screen, press F2.
    3.  When AlphaBIOS Setup starts, select Hard Disk Setup.
    4.  Press F7 to automatically create a standard partition
        configuration of a large extended partition, followed
        by a 6-MB system partition.

Note: To create a nonstandard partition configuration, at
step 4, press INSERT, and then follow the instructions on
your screen.

Creating Partitions on Computers Running ARC Firmware
If your system is running ARC firmware, use the following
procedure to create a system partition.

*   To create a system partition on a computer running ARC
    firmware
    1.  Insert the Windows NT 5.0 CD into the CD-ROM drive.
    2.  Press the reboot button to shut down and restart
        the computer.
    3.  Select Run a Program, and then press ENTER.
    4.  At the Program to Run prompt, type:
        cd:\alpha\arcinst.exe
    5.  When the Arcinst program starts, select Configure
        Partitions, and then press ENTER.
    6.  Select Create System Partition, and then press
        ENTER.
    7.  Subtract 6 MB from the total size of your disk,
        and create a system partition of the resulting size.
    8.  Create a second system partition of 6 MB, and
        format it as FAT.
        For example, if your disk is 2007 MB, your first
        system partition should be 2001 MB, and the second
        system partition should be 6 MB.
    9.  Delete the first system partition.
    10. Create a new partition that is an extended
        partition, not a system partition, using the
        entire available space (for example, 2001 MB).

Important: On a DIGITAL Alpha computer, the Hal.dll and
OSLoader.exe files are copied to the \OS\WinNT<version#>
folder on your system partition. These files are read-only,
hidden, system files. You should never delete these files.
If any of these files are missing on your system, you can
use the Emergency Repair Disk to restore them.

Starting Setup
===============
If you have a Windows NT 5.0 CD, you can install
Windows NT directly from the BIOS configuration program.

*   To install Windows NT from BIOS
    1.  Insert the Windows NT 5.0 CD into the CD-ROM drive.
    2.  Press the reboot button to shut down and restart
        the computer.
    3.  At the AlphaBIOS screen, choose Install Windows NT from
        CD-ROM. ( If your system does not have AlphaBIOS, choose
        Supplementaty Menu from the ARC menu, and then Install
        Windows NT from CD-ROM)
    4.  When Windows NT Setup starts, follow the
        instructions on your screen.

For important information about configuring and installing
Windows NT Workstation 5.0 on DIGITAL Alpha computers,
see the Web site at: http://www.windows.digital.com/
support/support.asp

DIGITAL FX!32 Version 2.0
==========================
You can use DIGITAL FX!32 version 2.0 to install and use
32-bit Windows-compatible applications on Alpha systems
running Windows NT 5.0. Because FX!32 version 2.0 is a
component of the Windows NT 5.0 operating system, you can
use the following Windows NT 5.0 features to add and remove
Intel-compatible applications, as well as to schedule code
optimization:
*   The Add/Remove Programs control panel to add and remove
    Intel-compatible applications, in addition to native
    Alpha applications.
*   The Windows NT 5.0 Task Scheduler to schedule code
    optimization.
       
For additional information about using these features,
point to the Start menu in Windows NT 5.0, and then click
Help.
FX!32 version 2.0 is a component of Windows NT 5.0 (Alpha)
Beta 2. Do not install DIGITAL  FX!32 version 1.x (this
includes 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.3a) for Alpha systems
installed with Windows NT 5.0 Beta 2a--they are not
compatible with Windows NT 5.0.

Periodically check http  for information about future
releases of FX!32:
//www.digital.com/semiconductor/amt/fx32.



 


 

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