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real mode

An operating mode of Intel 80x86 processors. The opposite of protected mode.

Real Mode

An operational state in Intel CPU chips starting with the 286 in 1982. It makes the CPU function like the original 16-bit Intel 8086/8088 chip, which was limited to 1MB of memory. DOS applications running native (not under Windows) run in Real Mode. See Protected Mode and Virtual 8086 Mode.