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How can I switch from military time to standard time within Windows XP Pro SP2?

Posted on 2007-11-26
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Hi Everyone:

       Recently, I used a program called ComboFix.  Yesterday, it locked up and the pc had to be restarted.  As a result of this, Windows XP Pro SP2 is now in military time as indicated in the lower right hand corner of the desktop as well as Time/Date area of Control Panel.  With this point in mind, I am wondering what necessary steps will be needed to convert the military time back to standard time.

       Any help regarding this question will be appreciated.

      Thank you

      George
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Go to Regional and Language settings under Control Panel, click on the Customize button, click on the Time tab, time format should be H:mm:ss (third option from top). This should do it for ya.
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GMartin,

You fix this by going to Control Panel -> Regional Settings -> click on the Time tab and choose the format that uses lower case h instead of uppercase H.

    h:mm:ss tt

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

b0lsc0tt
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Oops, thats how to get it into military time... Selecting the "h:mm:ss tt" option will switch it back
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Go to 'Regional and Language settings' in Control Panel, click on the Customize button, click on the Time tab, time format should be H:mm:ss

Regards
Greg
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To summarize in case I misunderstood -

H in time format will be 24 hour time
h in time format will be 12 hour time

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The 12 hour clock has a tt after it where as the 24 does not.
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Hi Everyone:

       Thanks so much for the prompt replies to this question.  After following the suggestions outlined by b01sc0tt, the time is now back to standard format as desired.  I especially appreciate the explanation given for the significance of the H and h in time format.  I now understand the H signifies military time as expressed in 24 hour time and the h signfies standard time as expressed in 12 hour time.

        Many thanks once again for clearing all of this up.  By the way, I never restarted the pc.  I assume once I click "Apply" the changes should automatically be stored without restarting the pc.

        George
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The changes will take effect immediately after clicking Apply or OK.

I'm glad I could help.  Thanks for the grade, the points and the fun question.

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Nice work
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