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Microsoft Windows is the popular Operating Enviroments of the late 1980's, and 1990's and the name also given to the NT project.
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'''Microsoft Windows''' is a set of popular [[operating environment]]s beginning in the 1980s; the name also given to the later [[operating system]]s (NT, etc).
  
16bit real mode versions include 1.0 and 2.0. Windows/386 included the 386 VMM mode, effectively a type 2 hypervisor on top of MS-DOS for running 8086 virtual machines via the v86 mode feature of the 386 processor.  Windows itself was still a 16bit real mode program, even running on the 386 VMM.
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The first two generations of Windows ran on top of [[MS-DOS]]. 16-[[bit]] [[real mode]] versions include 1.0.x and 2.0 for the 286 and 386.  
  
16bit protected mode versions of Windows include 3.0 and 3.1.  While capable of running on the 386, windows itself was a 16bit program, unable itself to exploit any 386 features.
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[[Windows 386]] v2.0.x included the 386 Virtual Machine Mode (VMM), effectively a type 2 [[hypervisor]] on top of MS-DOS for running 8086 [[virtual machine]]s via the v86 mode feature of the [[Intel 80386|386 processor]]. Windows itself was still a 16-bit real mode program, even running on the 386 VMM.  
  
32bit hybrid protected/real mode versions include 95, 98 and Me.
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16-bit [[protected mode]] versions of Windows include 3.0 and 3.1.  While capable of running on the 386, Windows itself was a 16-bit program, unable itself to exploit any 386 features, except for processor robust version of [[virtual memory]], and a Virtual-86 mode.
  
Pure 32bit versions are the NT based versions of Windows NT, including NT 3.1, 3.5, 3.51, 4.0, 2000, XP, 2003, 2003r2, 2008, Vista, 2008r2, 7, 2012, 8, 2012r2, 8.1
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32-bit hybrid protected/real mode versions include 95, 98 and Me.
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Pure 32bit versions are the NT based versions of [[Windows NT]], including NT 3.1, 3.5, 3.51, 4.0, 2000, XP, 2003, 2003r2, 2008, Vista, 2008r2, 7, 2012, 8, 2012r2, 8.1
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Latest revision as of 16:45, 4 January 2021

Microsoft Windows is a set of popular operating environments beginning in the 1980s; the name also given to the later operating systems (NT, etc).

The first two generations of Windows ran on top of MS-DOS. 16-bit real mode versions include 1.0.x and 2.0 for the 286 and 386.

Windows 386 v2.0.x included the 386 Virtual Machine Mode (VMM), effectively a type 2 hypervisor on top of MS-DOS for running 8086 virtual machines via the v86 mode feature of the 386 processor. Windows itself was still a 16-bit real mode program, even running on the 386 VMM.

16-bit protected mode versions of Windows include 3.0 and 3.1. While capable of running on the 386, Windows itself was a 16-bit program, unable itself to exploit any 386 features, except for processor robust version of virtual memory, and a Virtual-86 mode.

32-bit hybrid protected/real mode versions include 95, 98 and Me.

Pure 32bit versions are the NT based versions of Windows NT, including NT 3.1, 3.5, 3.51, 4.0, 2000, XP, 2003, 2003r2, 2008, Vista, 2008r2, 7, 2012, 8, 2012r2, 8.1