How do I delete all programs?

Ibm / Ps 2 286
July 17, 2009 at 20:49:16
Specs: DOS 2.5, 286
I purchased a 1987 IBM 286, it has DOS 5, which I would like to keep on the system, however, there is some chemistry program called "Lachat Quick Chem" installed. It boots directly to that program. You CAN exit, but when you do, it will only bring me to C:/Lachat/
It will not let me out of the sub directory and into C:/
The volume of the HDD is DOS 5 and this LACHAT..
How do I get rid of it, I would really like to free up some space.

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#1
July 18, 2009 at 00:23:43
In the early days of DOS it was posible to have customized command processors that booted directly to an application. Do you have another boot disk that you can try.

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#2
July 18, 2009 at 06:46:29
No, unfortunately I dont have a boot disk for DOS.
Should I hunt for a boot disk for DOS 5? Or should I completely wipe the HDD and re-install the OS?

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#3
July 18, 2009 at 06:51:23
My DOS skills are extremely rusty but I believe all you would need to do is edit the autoexec.bat file. Or if you have the disks, you could just wipe the drive & reinstall. If you don't have the disks, you can get DOS 6.22 here:

http://oldfiles.org.uk/powerload/ms...

Or there's always FreeDOS:

http://www.freedos.org/


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#4
July 18, 2009 at 09:02:04
You posted a DOS question in the General Hardware Forum. Why not post in the DOS Forum?

LIR


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#5
July 18, 2009 at 09:09:46
Either the program is embedded or started by autoexec.bat. If it exits to c:/lachat that tells us it has a hard drive. Change directory (cd) does not work? Control-C does not abort the startup process?

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#6
July 18, 2009 at 20:36:20
Jennifer, I suppose this has become quite a DOS related topic. Hopefully next time I post a topic about this particular computer, it will be under Windows 3.1

Wizard-Fred,
Thanks for the tips, I will try those commands. It has been a looong time since I have dealt with DOS, the only commands I could remember were to get me a directory list, or run a DOS game.
Thanks for your replies!


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#7
July 19, 2009 at 05:53:43
The question is DOS related. Why would you post in the Windows 3.1 Forum?

LIR


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#8
July 19, 2009 at 13:38:38
"The question is DOS related. Why would you post in the Windows 3.1 Forum?"

No, what I meant, was hopefully next time I post anything about this computer, it will be in Windows 3.1, as I plan on installing 3.1 as my OS. I had the same PS/2 growing up which had 3.1, I recently purchased this one, which has DOS 5.
Sorry for the confusion.


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