DOS  Programs

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So you've got an old ARC archive file that none of the modern ARC extractors recognise.
What you need then is an old ARC extractor (one that recognises the earlier ARC formats).
Here is ARCE from 1991.

ARCE 4.0g

Cachechk v4

CACHECHK is a DOS tool that performs memory access timing tests, to see if you have a cache, how many caches, and to check the access speed. Dated 1986. For 386 and 486 machines. File CACHECHK.DOC contains documentation.


CheckIt Diagnostics

These are DOS versions of CheckIt. Suitable for the IBM 5150 (IBM PC), IBM 5160 (IBM XT) and IBM 5170 (IBM AT).
May not work properly on computers dated later than 1990.
For version 2.1, the READ.ME file contains a list of computers that the version has been tested on.

A note regarding the IBM EGA card, and possibly other EGA cards. You may see errors during the Video RAM test. More information here

CheckIt version 2.1     (dated 1989)  (tests by me reveal that a minimum of about 330 KB of free conventional RAM is required)
CheckIt version 3.0     (may be dated 1990)


A program that shows the contents of memory.



A program that calculates a signature of file/s (in the form of a CRC).


Crosstalk XVI

Crosstalk XVI, dated 1989.
Copy unzipped contents to a directory on C: (directory name not important).

Crosstalk XVI version 3.71

Crosstalk Mk.4

Crosstalk Mk.4, dated 1990.
Crosstalk Mk.4 allows multiple serial ports to be used and controlled simultaneously (via mutiple sessions).
Session information is here.

Installation diskettes for Crosstalk Mk.4 version 2.0


This is a 1990 dated version of InfoSpotter, a DOS tool that reports hardware and DOS information.

InfoSpotter 2.5

Microsoft Mouse

Multiple versions from 1985 to 1993

Microsoft Mouse


A program that parks the heads in MFM and RLL drives.


pcANYWHERE for DOS, version 4.5

This is a 1991 dated version of pcANYWHERE.  The READ.ME file indicates that the software will also run in a DOS box within Windows 3.0

pcANYWHERE 4.5 installation disks


PKZIP/PKUNZIP from 1993.

PKZIP 2.04G   ( self extracting archive file )


This is a 1987 dated version of Procomm.
Supports the following file transfer protocols: Xmodem, Kermit, Telink, Modem7, Ymodem, Ymodem Batch, ASCII

Procomm 2.3


This is a 1995 dated version of QAPlus/Pro, a DOS tool.
Advanced diagnostics and hardware/DOS information.
Requires 640 KB of conventional RAM to be fitted.
Copy unzipped contents to a 1.44MB diskette- run INSTALL.EXE to install to C:

If you see "Cannot load QAPLPRO.EXE" when starting from C:\QAPRO, you may not have enough available conventional RAM (after drivers loaded, etc.).

Installation diskette for QAPlus Pro 5.28

Quarterdeck Manifest

This is a 1991 dated version of Manifest, a DOS tool that reports hardware and DOS information.

Manifest 1.10


ASTSETUP.EXE for AST Premium/286 (from within "Premium/286 Utils&Diags v5.00")
SETUP.EXE for Epson AX2 (dated 1987)
SETUP.EXE for Goldstar SMC7121D (dated 1987)
SETUP.EXE for NEC Powermate SX/16  
GSETUP.EXE ("Generic SETUP Version 3.0 2/88") ("286,386 Generic BIOS Setup Program")
Some generic SETUP.EXE's (dated 1987-1988)

Sourcer 486

This is a commenting disassember for DOS from 1992.
When prompted for the serial number, enter S208527-GPEC
sr /?  will show possible command line switches.
If the main screen doesn't display properly, try starting Sourcer using   sr -n

Sourcer 486 ver 4.54


A program to low-level-format and test MFM hard drives.

SpeedStor 6.03 and 6.5

Tape Mate II

SCSI tape backup software by Trantor.
File SUPPORT.LST contains a list of supported tape drives.

Version 1.1 - Installation diskette (dated 1992)
Version 1.2 - Installation diskette (1.44MB) (dated 1994)  (label from installation diskette)


Supports the following file transfer protocols: ASCII, CIS Quick B, Kermit, Modem7, SEAlink, Telink, Xmodem, 1k-Xmodem, G-1k-Xmodem, Ymodem Batch, Ymodem-G, Zmodem
Version 1.00 also supports the Jmodem and Lynx protocols.

Telix 1.00   First version - probably buggy. Also supports the Jmodem and Lynx protocols which were dropped in later versions.
Telix 3.12   Dated Dec89.
Telix 3.15   Dated Apr91. According to the release notes, this version mostly fixes the bugs in 3.12


Anti-virus software for DOS.  Dated 1997.
This particular version, 9.531, is known to work on 8088 and 80286 based PCs (later versions of the software do not).
Install to C: by executing INSTALL.EXE

VET for DOS, version 9.531

WordPerfect Corporation

WordPerfect 4.2 - Installation disks (1986) (images of 360K sized disks) (use WinImage software to create 360K disks from supplied images)   (source: offensive_jerk at the VCF)
WordPerfect 4.2 - requirements  
WordPerfect 4.2 - keyboard template - top (1987)

WordPerfect 5.0 - keyboard template - top      (1988)

WordPerfect 5.1 - Installation disks (1989) (Australian version) (images of 720K sized disks) (use WinImage software to create 720K disks from supplied images)
WordPerfect 5.1 - requirements  
WordPerfect 5.1 - workbook (instruction on how to create and format a variety of documents with WordPerfect)
WordPerfect 5.1 - keyboard template - top  
WordPerfect 5.1 - keyboard template - side  

DrawPerfect 1.1 - keyboard template - top      (1989)

Macro/Program Editor - keyboard template - top    (1988)
Macro/Program Editor - keyboard template - side


WordStar 3.31   (dated 1987)


This is a very early version of Xtree (dated 1985).  Here for amusement, not for practical use.
Note that on start up, it will count the number of files on C:   Some computers will contain more files than this early version of Xtree can deal with, in which case Xtree will terminate.

Xtree version 1.06

Xtree Gold

Xtree Gold version 1.44, of about 1990.  Create a directory named XTGOLD on C: then copy unzipped contents into that directory.  To run, execute XTG.EXE within that directory.

NOTE: If you decide on a different directory name, inform the program of that by running XTG_CFG.EXE, then choosing option [1], then changing the "Program path:' setting (on page 4).
  Failure to do that will result in some functionality not working (e.g. built-in help).

Xtree Gold version 1.44