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XCOPY /D Uses Universal Time, Not Local Time, to Filter Files

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SYMPTOMS
The /D option of the XCOPY command does not specify local time. Instead,XCOPY /D copies all files created GMT 12:00 A.M. or later on the datespecified. XCOPY /D: does not convert the entered date from local time touniversal time before doing the copy.

For example, if the system is set for PDT (-7) and the following filesexist in the Test folder
   TEST1.TMP  07/27/98  04:02p   TEST2.TMP  07/27/98  05:02p   TEST3.TMP  07/28/98  12:01a   TEST4.TMP  07/28/98  12:02a				

and the following command is entered

xcopy *.tmp d:\test\*.* /D:07-28-98
the following files are copied:

   TEST2.TMP  07/27/98  05:02p   TEST3.TMP  07/28/98  12:01a   TEST4.TMP  07/28/98  12:02a				
CAUSE
XCOPY compares the date provided in the /D switch against the file date todetermine which files to copy. In Windows NT, the file date is stored inUniversal Time (GMT).
RESOLUTION
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT 4.0 or the individual software update. For information on obtaining the latest service pack, please go to:
  • 152734 how to obtain the latest windows nt 4.0 service pack
For information on obtaining the individual software update, contact Microsoft Product Support Services. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information on support costs, please go to the following address on the World Wide Web:
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT version 4.0. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 5.
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Article ID: 194918 - Last Review: 12/05/2015 09:33:23 - Revision: 2.0

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