protected modeA type of memory utilization available on Intel 80286 and later model microprocessors. In protected mode, these processors provide the following features:
Although the DOS operating system is not designed to take advantage of these features, some DOS programs can run in protected mode using special drivers. More sophisticated operating system, such as OS/2, Windows, or UNIX, have built-in support for protected mode.
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