Sure , I was pointing out only the obvious, i.e. things that at the time did not exist and could not therefore create issues.
A NT 4.00, on the hardware it was designed for was exceptionally stable (compared to later releases) possibly also because:
- the OS was simpler
- the hardware was simpler
- the hardware was costing a lot of money and the manufacturers wrote good, simple, tested drivers, usually "tuned" for stability (being aimed to a professional only audience)
I will remind - in case someone not familiar with NT 4.00 - how a whole install of the operating system was smaller than a current video card driver only.
In my simplicity:
Less bytes= (maybe) less functions, but surely less probabilities of conflicts/bugs/etc.
Only issue is that I want ntfs instead of fat.
It is not a "real" issue if your source has post SP3 integrated, though you will not be able to run CHKDSK "natively" from the NT, but will need to use the workaround (and the Win2K files) mentioned in the already given links.
Consider however that a "normal" install of NT needs around 110 Mb of disk space, let's roughly double it to around 250 to stay on the safe side and to allow some space for programs, which is well within the range of FAT16 volumes, and there is no real reason, on a laptop/single user machine to have the complexity of NTFS.