Your Computer and Y2K - Immediate Attention!!! (fwd)

Peace through Reason (
Thu, 23 Dec 1999 07:45:33 -0500

Here's a simple description of how to check your computer for potential Y2K
problem.  We followed this advice, and found that we needed to reset the
date (from mm/dd/yy to mm/dd/yyyy)!!!  

Please check your computer system, if you are using Windows 95, 98 or NT.
This procedure is very simple to do, and will prevent the Y2K problem from
occurring on your computer... this is assuming that your computer (PC
hardware), BIOS & Real Time Clock are Y2K compliant. 

So, don't hesitate to do this  simple procedure... as it is necessary to
ensure a proper Year 2000 date roll-over...  
You may think that your computer is Y2K compliant and some little tests may
have actually affirmed that your hardware is compliant. 

 This is simple to do, but VERY important. 

Click on START" , click on "SETTINGS" Double click on "CONTROL PANEL"
Double click on "REGIONAL SETTING" icon (look for the little world globe).
Click on the "DATE" tab at the top of the page.  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 for the year it needs to be four

That's because Microsoft made the 2 digits setting the default settings for
Windows 95, Windows 98 and NT. 
This date format selected is the date that Windows feeds *ALL* application
software and will not roll over into the year 2000. It will roll over to
the year *00*. 

Click on the button across for the "SHORT DATE STYLE" and select the option
that shows "mm/dd/yyyy or  "yyyy/mm/dd". 

Be sure your selection has four "yyyy"s showing, not just "mm/dd/yy" then
click on apply. Then click on "OK" 

Easy enough to fix. However, every "as distributed" installation of Windows
worldwide is defaulted to fail Y2K roll over.

 Pass this along to your PC buddies... no matter how much of a "guru" they
think they are, this might be a welcome bit of information. 

Anyone having problems with the procedure should call.  But don't wait till
2000.  Some machines may not be able to boot to safe mode to fix the
problem after the roll over on the first.

From: Eagle Net Support <> 
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1999 23:59:21 -0700 


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