The 80286 was the microprocessor used in IBM'SPC/AT. The 80286 calculates faster than the 8088. It also corrected one of the biggest problems with the 8088-its inability to access more than a small amount(1 megabyte) of memory. But-and this is a big catch-DOS couldn't takeadvantage of the extra memory. Why, you ask? Well, because DOS had torun on 8088-based computers too, so it couldn't be changed to accommodatethe new chip. Windows, however, does utilize the special talents ofthe 80286 in "standard mode." In fact, you can't run Windows 3.1 unlessyour PC has an 80286 or an even newer microprocessor. However, there isa way to create software that uses the extra memory but still manages torun in DOS.