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Emu8086 is an emulator that comes with an integrated code editor and compiler that can launch programs originally intended to run on an old 8086 processor


A virtual machine that emulates Intel's 8086 processor

November 12, 2022
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Intel's 8086 processor revolutionized computing in the 1970s and 1980s by bringing it closer to the everyday user. Most of its programs can't run on current machines, but Emu8086 is here to solve this problem.

A software emulator for the 8086 with a code editor and a compiler

With this emulator, you can use your PC to run old software designed for computers from over 30 years ago. But its most interesting feature is that it has an assembler editor, so you can develop code with it and then compile it. However, it has some limitations: some of the advanced hardware features found in monitors and other components of these devices are not accessible.

It will mostly be used to satisfy your curiosity, although it is worth remembering that there are still computer systems that perform very specific tasks that still use these processors, so a developer may find it useful if they need to correct some aspect of the code that these machines run. These are its main features:

  • Assembly language code editor.
  • Compiler.
  • Calculator.
  • Easy user interface.
  • Several code examples with basic development exercises.
  • Creation of your own binary system and save it on a removable drive.

Although this software is free to use, there are limitations. It is necessary to register as a user to use it for free.

Elies Guzmán

With a degree in History, and later, in Documentation, I have over a decade of experience testing and writing about apps: reviews, guides, articles, news, tricks, and more. They have been countless, especially on Android, an operating system...

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