Why there is a
net1.exe on Windows? They look the same.
I have got Windows 2000 installed on a virtual machine and can confirm that it has both net.exe and net1.exe and I just installed Windows 95 and can see it only has net.exe
I would like to install Windows NT 4, but can't find the media anywhere.
As Windows 95 only has net.exe and it is a lot larger, I am just going to guess that the reason it is how it is, is simply just compatibility issues e.g. Microsoft thinks that a lot of third party tools use it and do not want to get rid of the tools.
I would guess that net.exe is the newest version and when a old feature is called, it passes it to net1.exe - however, this is just a guess based on the way Microsoft does compatibility in some other tools.
Examining the two files in Windows 7, I can only tell you that net1.exe has more dependencies that don't appear in net.exe:
On the other hand net.exe has some unique dependences not appearing in net1.exe:
I hope that helps somehow.
A quick google search came up with these results. I'm sure if you spent 5 minutes you could get even more details. Please try that next time