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How to Configure the Short Date Format in Windows and Windows NT
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This article describes how to configure the short date format that is displayed in Windows and Windows NT.
For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/248142/EN-US/ )Default System Date Behavior in Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000
In Windows and Windows NT, the short date format is the date format that is displayed to the user. Some third-party programs may also use the short date format to determine the date. Because the short date format contains only two digits for the year by default, third-party programs that use the short date format may misinterpret dates after the year 1999 as years in the 1900s.
NOTE: In Windows and Windows NT, the short date format is a display setting only. Windows and Windows NT do not use the short date format to determine the current date. Also, user profiles need to be used on the client Windows 98/95 computers for this profile to take effect.
In an attempt to avoid possible issues that may occur using third-party programs that use the short date format, you can configure the short date format to use a 4-digit year instead of a 2-digit year by using one of the following methods:
Change the Short Date Format for a UserYou can change the short date format for a specific user using the Regional Settings tool in Control Panel:
Change the Short Date Format for All Users in the RegistryImportant This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
NOTE: This method does not work in Windows NT 4.0.
You can edit the regitry to change the short date format for all the user accounts on the computer:
Change the Short Date Format for All Users Using a System PolicyTo configure the short date format using a system policy, create a custom .adm template file, and then set a system policy using System Policy Editor (Poledit.exe) to configure the short date format.
For additional information about creating and using system policies, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
159936NOTE: Administrators can use a system policy file for greater control in configuring the short date format on a network.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/159936/EN-US/ )Using the Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 95 System Policy Editor
For information about how to implement profiles and policies in Windows NT, please click the link below to visit the Microsoft Web site:
Create a Custom ADM Template FileTo create a custom .adm template file that you can use to configure the short date format, follow these steps:
Create or Modify System Policy FileYou can edit the registry by using System Policy Editor (Poledit.exe) or Registry Editor (Regedit.exe). Check with your network administrator before you make any changes to the registry. System Policy Editor (Poledit.exe) is available in the Admin\Apptools\Poledit folder on the Windows 95 compact disc. Use the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel to install System Policy Editor.
NOTE: If you are using the Microsoft Office 97 system policy templates that are included in the Microsoft Office 97 Resource Kit, you must use the version of System Policy Editor that is included in the Microsoft Office 97 Resource Kit or the Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Resource Kit.
You can download Policy.exe, a self-extracting file that contains Poledit.exe, from online services. Download this file from the following Microsoft Web site:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc751042.aspxUse the following steps to edit the registry with System Policy Editor:
To create or modify your system policy file using the new Shrtdate.adm template file, follow these steps:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216661/EN-US/ )How to Implement a Policy to Set the Date Format