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Subject: Actually
Name: ludicrous
Date: 8/16/2001 11:37:38 AM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: Hurray for DOS! (nt) posted by Hugh

it is those 16-bit underpinnings that are responsible for some of Windows 9x's most irritating behaviors, such as its tendency to crash and the fact that floppy-disk accesses pretty much stall all other operations on the machine.

The machine is never operating in a pure 32-bit mode, instead it constantly switches between 16- and 32-bit operations through a process called "thunking".

NT/2k/XP do away with that and operate in a true 32-bit mode, and execute 16-bit code via emulation.

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