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operating system Software for MS-DOS or MicrosoftWindows which originally ran on the 16-bit Intel 8088 and
80286 microprocessors. These used a segmented addressspace to extend the range of addresses from what is possible
with just a 16-bit address. Programs with more than 64
kilobytes of code or data therefore had to waste time
switching between segments. Furthermore, programming with
segments is more involved than programming in a flat addressspace, giving rise to warts like memory models in C and