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Uninstall W95 without MS-DOS setup diskettes

Posted on 1997-07-02
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I HATE Win95!!! I have to get rid of it!
I installed it ona new directory (no uninstall option). I don't have MS-DOS installation disks (it came with the computer). Can I do something? I just want my good old MS-DOS 6.2 and my Win 3.11, which worked perfectly!
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jni6110 earned 50 total points
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you have to have the old installation disks if no backup was performed.  you might be able to salvage some of it from the \windows\command dir. But this is not likely.  The installation disks for dos ver 6.22 are necessary to change the version back to 6.2
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I have another computer at hand with MSDOS 6.2 installed, and I could find my _old_ MSDOS 5.0 installation disks. Can I do something with this?
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I have another computer at hand with MSDOS 6.2 installed, and I could find my _old_ MSDOS 5.0 installation disks. Can I do something with this?
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by:cymbolic
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Geez, Stormy, I think you'll have to shoot your system, or at the very least, have it exorcised!  I agree, Win95 was a tremendous marketing success, but it was merely the next batch of fixes to DOS and Windows, that was accomplished by combining really slow multitasking with the world's worst graphical menu system, all supported in a bloated software soup of such complexity that it is clearly unedible!  It also ate your old system, so if you don't start from scratch, you'll never get it to work right again.  You just gotta bite the bullet, back up all your work form the system, and reinstall DOS and Windows from scratch, 'cause Win95 crapped your old stuff!  Just ask around, or see your local pc retailer for old masters of your operating system.  Then wrap up your 95 upgrade disks, and ship them back to Microsoft for a refund, with my compliments on an excellent choice!
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Now I'm back on DOS - Win 3.11, but my hard disk is crapped! Cymbolic, I'm afraid you are right. Even though I deleted all the hidden files and all, Win 95 made changes in the FAT and I don't know where else! :(

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