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Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT Year 2000 e-mail hoax


There is a hoax email in circulation on the Internet concerning the Y2K compliance of Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT. There are various versions of this mail which resemble the text below:

"Every copy of Windows will fail on January 1st unless you fix
it now, to fix it..."

Click on “My Computer”.

Click on “Control Panel”.

Click on “Regional Settings”.

Click on the “Date” tab. Where it says, “Short Date Sample” look and see if it shows a “two Digit” year. Of course it does. That’s the default setting for Windows 95, 98 and NT. This date RIGHT HERE is the date that feeds application software and WILL NOT rollover in the year 2000. It will rollover to 00.

Click on the button across from “Short Date Style” and select the option that shows mm/dd/yyyy. Be sure your selection has four Y’s showing, not two.

Click “Apply” and then click on “OK” at the bottom. Easy enough to fix. However, every single installation of Windows worldwide is defaulted to fail Y2K rollover.

"Thanks and have a great day"


Facts about Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT and Y2K...

        Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT are compliant assuming all recommended actions specified in the respective compliance documents have been taken. The steps above are not required actions and do not have to be performed in order to obtain compliance.

        The short date format style in Regional Settings is a display setting only.

        Dates are stored and processed by Windows in a 4 digit format regardless of the short date format style selected in Regional settings.

        Customers can use the regional settings tab to adjust how the date is displayed (e.g. mm/dd/yy or mm/dd/yyyy)

        In order to avoid ambiguous dates, Microsoft recommends using 4 digits when entering date data and expanding the date field in regional setting to 4 digits. However this is not required to attain compliance.