Uninstalling applications good way to create space

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 September, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 September, 1995, 12:00am

After a fair amount of thought, I think I am ready to install Windows 95 on my PC(I waited this long to see what the reports would say about the program after the final version was released).


I was cleaning out my hard disk the other day to prepare for the installation of the new operating system when I discovered aq directory named OLDDOS1.


Is it safe for me to get rid of this directory> I don't exactly have a great deal of hard disk space.


Another thing...I used a utility program that scanned my system to see if was ready for the system upgrade.


Everything was fine except that it reported I was short of hard disk space.


Since I will be loading Windows 95 which I know comes with Drive Space, I am loathe to compress my drive before the upgrade with Double Space on DOS 6.2. Is it safe to do so? JOHN PATTERSON Repulse Bay Go ahead and delete the OLDDOS1 directory by all means.


That directory was created the last time you upgraded DOS and you are only supposed to hang on to it until you are sure you will not run into trouble with the new version.


As for your memory issue, I can certainly understand your problem, having just installed Windows 95 on my subnotebook (which only has a 170-MB hard disk). Or 'had', I should say. I compressed it with Drive Space after the Windows 95 installation and now have about 310-MB of space on my hard disk.


I can also understand your reluctance to compress your drive before the upgrade, because I felt the same way.


In the end, I used WinDelete to uninstall several applications on the subnotebook after backing up the data files connected to them.


If you have about 85-MB of free space during the Windows 95 installation, you should be fine.


After installing Windows 95 and compressing the drive, I simply re-installed the removed applications, put the data files back in their original places and went on as before.


It has been a week since the upgrade and thankfully things are working out well enough. I suggest you consider the same approach, provided you still have the installation diskettes (or CD-ROMs) for your applications handy. It takes a little time, but it works.


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