How far back could I go on modern hardware?

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by cplguy, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. cplguy

    cplguy MDL Junior Member

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    Let's say I wanted to roll back to Windows NT4 SP6a on my primary desktop, would this be possible to do so on modern hardware and have everything supported at at least a basic level? I wouldn't need even USB 2.0 functionality, but USB 1.1 would be considered a reqiirement. Would this be possible? How old of hardware could I use with a modern OS?
     
  2. urie

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    Well only one way to find out would be to try installing it.
     
  3. SOCRATE_MMXII

    SOCRATE_MMXII MDL Expert

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    Well, usually the limitation is of the motherboard chip set. I remember when I bought a motherboard with KT600 chip and on the box said it's compatible only with Win2000 and XP, but not 98SE.
     
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  4. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    Why? VM is not good enough for you?
     
  5. msr

    msr MDL Senior Member

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    Also ebay has tonnes of old comps for you to test on.
     
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    cplguy MDL Junior Member

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    Because back in 2003, I was able to multi-boot between WinXP, Win 98SE, and Windows 3.11 FW. I would like to do something similar with my modern machine. I would have on Windows 8, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 3.11. Why? Just because I can.
     
  7. HALIKUS

    HALIKUS MDL Addicted

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    My reasoning for everything.
     
  8. EFA11

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    Yes, that is reason enough for me.