The default date format is changed in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

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Versions of Windows and Windows Server that are earlier than Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 use the following date formats:

Short Date: dd.MM.yyyy
Long Date: dd MMMM yyyy dddd

Starting in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, the date formats are changed to the following:

Short Date: d.M.yyyy
Long Date: d MMMM yyyy dddd
This change may cause some tools or programs that depend on the earlier date formats to fail.

Note These date formats are for the Turkish language locale. However, similar changes may apply to other regions.


To work around this change, revert the date formats to the original formats that are mentioned in the "Summary" section. To do this, use the Change date, time or number formats item in Control Panel.


Article ID: 2905782 - Last Review: November 6, 2013 - Revision: 1.0
Applies to
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
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