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RE: Simple Y2K fix

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I recently read about this in a computer forum - it is not considered to be
a Y2K fix because this only affects the way dates are displayed.  It does
not affect the way dates are handled internally in the computer.  I do
recommend making this change if only to avoid confusion with date displays,
but don't expect it to cure inherent Y2K problems.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sandy Pringle [mailto:sandyp(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Sunday, August 22, 1999 4:22 PM
> To: sandyp(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Simple Y2K fix
> This interesting piece of mail arrived today. Those of you 
> who are using 
> Windows9x may be interested. It is from a source I consider 
> reasonably 
> reliable and the recommended cure seems innocuous.  I have 
> seen comments that 
> Microsoft missed this in their last release.  
> Click on "START"
> Click on "SETTINGS"
> Double click on "CONTROL PANEL"
> Double click on "REGIONAL SETTINGS" icon (look for the little globe)
> Click on the "DATE" tab at the top of the page (last tab on 
> the top right)
> Where it says, "SHORT DATE SAMPLE", look and see if it shows 
> a two digit year 
> format ("YY").  Unless you've previously changed it and you 
> probably haven't, 
> it will be set incorrectly with just the two Y's.  It needs 
> to be four!
> That's because Microsoft made the 2 digits setting the 
> default setting for 
> Windows 95, Windows 98 and NT.
> This date format selected is the date that Windows feeds 
> "ALL" application 
> software and will not rollover into the year 2000, it will 
> roll over to the 
> year 00.
> Click on the button across from "SHORT DATE STYLE" and select 
> option that 
> shows, "mm/dd/yyyy" or "m/d/yyyy".  (Be sure your selection 
> has four y's 
> showing, not just "mm/dd/yy).
> Then click on "APPLY".
> Then click on "OK" at the button.
> Easy enough to fix.  However, every "as distributed" 
> installation of Windows 
> worldwide is defaulted to fail Y2K rollover.  
> Thanks to  Lawyer  Gary Brown and my Brother-In-Law, Judge 
> Stephen Taylor,
> for passing this along.
> R. Sandy Pringle,
> President
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