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Usually, When we try to execute applications such as a C-language , Assembler in a 64-bit OS , it simply won't work unless we use programs such as DosBox.

I want to know the reason why the 8-bit applications doesn't work in 64-bit OS ? Since 64-bit is much more greater than the 8-bit therefore 8-bit applications must work in 64-bit processor , then why it doesn't ?

and how programs like DosBox make such 8-bit applications executable in the 64-bit Operating System ?

As far as i know -> those 8-bit applications are operated in Real mode (Dos Mode).

So does that mean there is no real mode when using the 64-bit OS ?

I am confused about this concept, searched a lot on google but couldn't find any answer.

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DosBox is an emulator. – user3463 Sep 12 '12 at 19:18
The issue is not just 8-bit versus 64-bit, it's also that the 8-bit application requires an API that the OS just doesn't provide -- an API based around 8-bit integers, and 16-bit pointers with segmentation. – David Schwartz Sep 12 '12 at 21:07
Dosbox runs 16-bit applications, not 8 bit. There's no 8-bit x86 architecture – Lưu Vĩnh Phúc Aug 30 '13 at 8:41
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Read Why 64 bit OS can't run a 16 bit application?

DOSBox is able to emulate older CPUs, graphics and audio hardware. Read for more.

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Give more detail next time. – cutrightjm Sep 12 '12 at 19:38

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