Fritz R. Franke (frf5k@virginia.edu)
Mon, 9 Aug 1999 15:26:14 -0400 (EDT)

Howdy everyone,
I discovered a potential problem and thought I'd pass it on. Might not help
everybody, but it could with a few.

Most of people aren't concerned about Y2K problems and have heard that the
latest PCs are Y2K compliant. They are. The question is...
Is the date properly set in your system? Most all machines running 95 are
not set properly. Some 98 and NT machines are, some aren't.

After checking this out, much to my surprise, I learned that
my computer would have failed on 01-01-2000, due to a computer
date setting.

Fortunately, a quick fix is provided, should your computer be set the same way.

Here's how to find out:

Double click on "My Computer".

Double click on "Control Panel".

Double click on "Regional Settings" icon.

Click on the "Date" tab at the top of the page.

Where it says "Short Date Sample", look and see if it show's a "two
digit" year. Most of the time it is.

That's the default setting for Window's 95, 98 and NT. This date setting is
the date that feeds application software and WILL NOT roll over in the year
2000. It will roll over to 00.

Click on the option arrow for the "Short Date Style" and select the option
that show's MM/dd/yyyy. (Be sure your selection has four "y's" showing not

IMPORTANT: Click on "Apply" and then on "OK" at the bottom.

It is easy enough to fix. Most all installations of Window's worldwide
is defaulted to fail the Y2K rollover. Now you know how to prepare your

Have an extremely fine day and a better tomorrow.
Fritz Franke
Fritz R. Franke
Office: 804-979-2422

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