*updating* 8088's

Eric J Korpela korpela at ssl.berkeley.edu
Wed Nov 21 15:23:26 CST 2007


On Nov 20, 2007 2:54 PM, Chuck Guzis <cclist at sydex.com> wrote:
> Nope--you can run 3.1 on a 286--in standard mode.  That means no 32-
> bit VxDs or other fancy stuff, but you can still play Solitaire.

What exactly was the difference between "standard" and "enhanced"
modes beyond the V86 environment for MS-DOS?  Windows enhanced mode
executables were still 16bits.  It wasn't until Win32s that there was
a 32 bit Windows execution environment for "consumer level" (read
non-NT) windows.  A 32bit file system didn't show up until Windows for
Workgroups 3.11

Of course, you could run 32 bit DPMI MS-DOS apps under Windows 3.0 if
you needed 32 bit executables.

Eric



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