Virtual 8086 Mode - Computer Definition
An operational state in an Intel CPU that allows it to perform as multiple 8086/8088 CPUs, which was the architecture of the first x86 chip. Starting with the 386 in 1985, the mode was created to multitask multiple DOS "Real Mode" applications side-by-side with 32-bit Windows applications. Virtual 8086 Mode divides the computer into multiple address spaces and maintains virtual registers for each virtual machine. Note: Virtual 8086 Mode is a type of "virtual machine" mode, not a "virtual memory" mode, which extends main memory to disk. See virtual machine, virtual memory, Virtual DOS Machine and ExDOS.