Changing a user's regional settings

Posted on 2006-05-12
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I've got 1000+ users that I need to change the regional settings of (from the default "English (United States)" to the correct "English (United Kingdom)". Is there a way to change all of these user's settings without logging in as each user?
What is the quickest way to get this done?
Can it be done without third-party tools? If not, which tools are avilable that let you do this?

Question by:billy_98_1
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    There is no need of a third party tool to achieve your goal. Technical, changing the regional settings for a user is quit easy, it is just changing some registry entries located in user's profile.

    You can use GPO's if there is already a template than handle this setting (I don't remember) or you can write your own, but it can take a few time if you are not familiar with.

    Otherwise, you can use your existing logon script or create a new one and assign it to the desired group(s) of users. Most simple way is to create a *.reg file containing all the settings you want and then add its silent execution during user's logon (regedit /s *.reg). You can also achieve that using WSH.

    Here are some infomrations regarding these registry keys. You will found easily the complete documentation using any search engine.

    All Regional/International settings are stored in the registry as type REG_SZ value at:
    HKCU\Control Panel\International\

    iCountry: International telephone code
    iCurrency: Determines how currency is displayed
    iDate : Determines how dates are displayed
    Locale : locale ID for spoken language. The default is U.S. English which is 00000409.
    sCountry: Country name. The default for U.S. English is United States.
    sLanguage:  Language abbreviation: (U.S. English is ENU)
    DEU       German
    ENG       English (U.K.)
    ENU       English (U.S.)
    ESN       Modern Spanish
    FRA       French

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