Daylight Savings Changes

As we're sure you've heard, the US Congress has changed the beginning and ending dates for Daylight Savings Time. If your computer automatically changes to DST in the spring and fall, you'll need to adjust these in your system.

There are two slightly different but very similar procedures, depending on whether you're using Windows XP or Windows 98. Each involves downloading a file and installing it. In the case of Windows XP, there is a patch from Microsoft; Microsoft no longer supports Windows 98, so for that you'll need to install some Windows Registry changes. Here's how:

(You may want to print out these instructions as a guide. And it's critically important that you pay attention to the differences between the WinXP and Win98!)

1. Download the appropriate file.

The Windows XP patch is here:

The Windows 98 change is here:

Click the appropriate link above, click the Save To Disk radio button, and click OK.

Please be sure to make a note of where you save the file (WindowsXP-KB931836-x86-ENU.exe for WinXP and for Win98). If you are on a network, it's best to save it to your server, probably "Drive F:"

2. Close all your applications so nothing is showing in your taskbar. Launch "My Computer" from your desktop, go to the location where you saved the file in #1 (such as "F:"), and double click it.

3a. (Windows XP ONLY) You will see a typical Microsoft "wizard" window. Just proceed through the series of prompts, accepting the terms and finishing.

If a previous Windows update installed this patch, installing this one will display a message and stop.

3b. (Windows 98 ONLY) You will see a typical WinZip window. Make sure the "Unzip to:" box shows the same location (probably your "F:" drive), click Unzip to place W98NewTimeZones.reg there, and close the WinZip window. Now find W98NewTimeZones.reg and double-click it. Continue by clicking OK twice (on each of two messages about the registry.)

That's all there is to it. Of course, you'll need to repeat Steps #2 and #3 for each machine in your office.

We also have a little program that will let you edit the time-zone criteria directly, but this is tricky, and the above is the easiest way to make these changes.

Finally, please feel free to call us at any point. (Again, you may want to print out these instructions as a guide.)