Re: Petzold's tome

"Carl Daniel [VC++ MVP]" <>
Thu, 19 Jul 2007 11:39:03 -0700
"rodchar" <> wrote in message

hey all,
i started my reading of Programming Windows and have a newbie question
the following excerpt:

Microsoft Windows version 3.1 was released in April 1992. Several
significant features included the TrueType font technology (which brought
scaleable outline fonts to Windows), multimedia (sound and music), Object
Linking and Embedding (OLE), and standardized common dialog boxes. Windows
3.1 ran only in protected mode and required a 286 or 386 processor with at
least 1 MB of memory.

The last sentence is my question what does that mean in lamen's terms to
in protected mode?

It means it wasn't DOS anymore.

Protected Mode refers to any of several modes implemented by Intel CPUs from
the 286 onwards. For most purposes, "protected mode" and "virtual memory"
have about the same implications: applications no longer directly access
physical memory, and there's a layer of protection between the memory owned
by different applications to prevent (or at least reduce) problems where one
application interferes with another (or with the OS) by writing outside the
bounds of the memory that it legitimately owns.


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