Uninstalling a DOS Program?

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  1. JerryM

    JerryM Registered Member

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    A friend installed a program that was a DOS program. He doesn't want to use it, and is not sure how to uninstall it.
    Can it be done with the add/remove of the control panel?

    Thanks,
    Jerry
     
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    No. You need to delete the directory that the DOS program was installed in. You also need to check AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS for entries. Delete the entries. Post the two files here if you are not sure.
     
  3. JerryM

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    Thanks, and I will pass this on to him. Sounds pretty difficult to me.
    If or when he decides to do it, I will ask some more questions. It may be a dumb question, but what is a directory?
    Jerry
     
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    Actually, it is not difficult. Autoexec.bat and config.sys are text files, so just use Notepad. You could just delete the files too. XP does not need them. Some old DOS apps might.
     
  5. JerryM

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    Do I go to START RUN and then type in Autoexec.bat and then config.sys? And how does Notepad fit in?
    You see, I am so poor as to this kind of knowledge that I need a cook book.

    Sorry, and thanks.

    Jerry
     
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    The files are at the root of the C: drive.

    C:\AUTOEXEC.BAT
    C:\CONFIG.SYS

    Start - Run - Notepad C:\autoexec.bat

    Start - Run - Notepad C:\config.sys

    They may not exist at all. You would only have them if you updated your OS from an older version, or if you installed a DOS application that created them.
     
  7. JerryM

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    Many thanks. I think we can do it. If not I will holler again. :D
    Jerry
     
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    In case it helps Jerry....find out the name of the DOS program Please.
     
  9. Primrose

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    Yes please find out the name of the program.

    You know it could be very easy to do and as said just deleteing the folder depending how they made this program.

    Normally we would just..

    Uninstalling Applications Automatically
    To uninstall an application automatically, start by opening the Control Panel and choosing the Add/Remove Programs icon to open the Add/Remove Programs Properties

    and then

    Removing MS-DOS Applications

    If you decide to remove an MS-DOS application from your computer, follow these steps:

    1. Locate the application folder in Windows Explorer or My Computer.
    2. Check to make sure there are no data files in the folder (or subfolders in the folder).

    3. Drag the folder to the Recycle or press Del and choose Yes.

    an example would be a program like this.

    Removing Anzio For DOS
    These applications simply exist in the default Anzio directory where installed, i.e. c:\anzio. No other files should exist anywhere else within the system. Simply delete these directories if you wish to remove Anzio for DOS.
    http://www.anzio.com/support/troubleshooting/install.htm


    But some programs you would call still DOS could have some auto thingie going on and that is still easy to remove.
     
  10. JerryM

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    The program info is.
    QUOTE
    RIFLEDOS.EXE and RIFLEWIN.EXE are rifle and pistol ballistic computer programs to aid in gun sighting, comparing calibers and loads and shooting at conditions of altitude and temperature. These programs are easy to use and offer insight into the technical problem of accurate gun shooting. END QUOTE

    Not sure if that means enough to do any good. It appears that there is another version inaddition to the DOS. However, I downloaded it and there was not a choice.
    My buddy has a new computer and is putting some programs on it that he lost on his old computer. This was a new one that I thought he might find useful. I didn't know it was a DOS program.

    Jerry
     
  11. Bubba

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    As Close_Hauled and Primrose said....deleting the directory will be adequate.

    In the case of this program....delete the C:\rifled folder....and all the files contained in it. Nothing is written to the registry according to RegDefends log.

    Rifled INSTALL.BAT file:
    Code:
    mkdir %1\rifled
    copy rifledos.exe %1\rifled/v
    copy riflewin.exe %1\rifled/v
    copy readme.txt %1\rifled/v
    copy bc.exe %1\rifled/v
    copy rifled.ico %1\rifled/v
    if errorlevel==1 echo Installation error...Usage: install DriveName
    <RETURN>
    if errorlevel==0 echo installation complete...Don't forget to pull the trigger.
    end
    
     
  12. JerryM

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    Thanks Bubba. Did you download that program? How could you provide such detailed info without installing it?

    I appreciate your help. It appears that he will not find it too difficult.

    Primrose thanks also. Good to hear from you. I guess you see by now that I need a lot of help to do much with computers.
    BTW, not sure if you are interested in such things but a program Pointblank is small enough to put on a floppy and is terrific to provide trajectory and other ballistic info.
    It can be found at.
    http://stevespages.com/page8b.htm.

    Thanks again, All, for the detailed instructions which we will need.

    Jerry
     
  13. Primrose

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    Thanks jerry I will look at that one..and as you see Bubba is the man..he get's right into them and sorts it all out..
     
  14. Bubba

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    I'm not sure I could have....so I installed it ;)

    I also recognized it when I saw it....as a program a buddy of mine at work uses. He enjoys re-loading his own shells.
     
  15. JerryM

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    Here is my comment.
    WOW, and many thanks Bubba.

    The link, Steves Pages has some excellent info regarding that whole area, including reloading.

    Jerry
     
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