Build list legend
|Version of Microsoft Windows|
|OS family||Windows NT|
|Codename||Shell Update Release|
|Architecture||x86, Alpha, MIPS, PC98, PowerPC|
|Latest build||4.0.1381.7097 (Service Pack 6a Security Rollup update)|
|Support end||2006-07-11 2006-12-31 (Paid extended security updates)|
Server, Enterprise Edition
Server, Terminal Server Edition
Windows NT 4.0 (codenamed Shell Update Release) is the successor to Windows NT 3.51 and the first version of Windows NT to feature the Windows Explorer interface introduced in Windows 95. It is the last version of Windows NT to include NT in its product name. It was succeeded by Windows 2000.
The Windows Desktop Update further enhances the shell by incorporating features from Windows 98.
There are several editions of Windows NT 4.0:
There were 6 service packs released for Windows NT 4.0. The last had been pulled by Microsoft due to a severe bug, which results in the revised Service Pack 6a. There was a 7th Service Pack planned, but it was canceled and an Update Rollup was released instead in 2001.
Windows NT 4.0 contains the Clouds Easter egg from Windows 95; like in Windows 95, it is implemented in
SHELL32.DLL, and the steps to show it are much like in Windows 95: create a new folder, name it
New Folder, rename it to
and now, the moment you've all been waiting for, rename again to
we proudly present for your viewing pleasure, rename finally to
The Microsoft Windows NT Product Team!, open folder. ("95" was replaced by "NT")
The text is in
BIN and XORed with
0x95 as an obfuscation measure.
For similar reasons, the easter egg folder names are stored in the
.text section of
SHELL32.DLL as custom hashes of the old folder name concatenated with the new folder name.
This was implemented by build 1175 and there shows the "SUR Shell Team" and "SUR Shell Test Team"; at some point after that the text was replaced by a message informing that "you won't find the credits here".