Group Policy Preference Regional Options Not Working in Server 2008

I am trying to convert users time format to HH:MM:SS (Military Time / 24 hour) through Group Policy. When I update the preference to HH:MM:SS and apply, Windows Server does not store the change. When I open up the Regional Option Preference again, it is switched back to h:mm:ss tt. I've tried to change the server time to the time I'm requesting in the policy, but that has failed. Any help on getting this policy to stick is appreciated.  (See attachments for screenshots)
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Where are you making this change?  To an existing policy or a new one?

Try using the dropdown and selecting:  HH:mm:ss

IDFIAuthor Commented:
It is a new policy. I've tried saving both as HH:mm:ss and H:mm:ss, both fail. If you save it, it just reverts back.
Try changing it in the Default Domain Policy.  

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IDFIAuthor Commented:
That does not work either.
Are you certain you have permissions to change this?  The fact it doesn't hold either means you don't or replication is broken so that another DC is replicating the original back over your last change.

Is there more than one DC? if so, what OSes are they all running?

IDFIAuthor Commented:
Have you tried this for yourself on your own server? I've tried on multiple different machines and the result is always the same. The result is the same on networks with a single DC or multipe DCs w/replication. (All domains I've tested on have 2008 schema).
If you're getting it on multiple networks then I'd put it down to some sort of bug in Windows Server 2008 which is causing it. Might be worth going over to the Microsoft Forums, posting a thread there and alerting them to this.

If I had access to a Server 2008 machine, I would try and replicate this - but at the moment, the network connection to a network running quite a few of these servers is down!


I am chasing this now.

The Editor doesn't appear to save a complete XML file.  It partly there, but not any further settings.

Ok, this isn't a bug.

When you select the Time tab and click in the field for Time Format - press F6 to turn that dotted red line into a solid green line to activate the setting.  Change it then apply it.

You won't see it apply on the DC until you log off then back on again.

The following are the controls for these preferences:

F5 - all settings activated (green)  (on the tab you have opened)
F6 - a single setting change from red to green (deactive/active)
F7 - a single setting change from green to red (active/deactive)
F8 - all settings dectivated (red dotted)

Let me know how you make out.

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IDFIAuthor Commented:
It worked! Thank you for the help.
Excellent!  Glad to help.
That tip with the F5 and F6 keys was a big help to me, but when I change regional options, it doesn't seem to take effect on the PCs that I log into.  Can the user still override these with ease?
Dela-DWindows Systems EngineerCommented:
Wow, can't believe I used the wrong search string in Google all the time trying to find a solution for this.

Finally solved now. This is perfect! Thanks Netman66.
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