Protected Mode driver

Protected Mode driver

A PC driver written for 32-bit Intel chips. Although 32 bits became available with the 386 in 1985, it took many years for drivers and applications to take advantage of the migration from 16 bits. Windows 95 was the first version of Windows to include Protected Mode drivers for popular peripherals, but it also supported 16-bit drivers used under DOS and Windows 3.1.
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The WinTRAC 95 trackball offers all the features of MicroSpeed's original WinTRAC--including three programmable buttons and automatic application sensing--plus protected mode drivers for true 32 operation under Windows 95.