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When I triy to change the date format in the Regional options in windows 2000 server.  I get the following error:

"One or more of the characters you typed in this field are invalid. Try typing different characters"

Any idea how to resolved this?

Thanks in advance!
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by:Qlemo
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Which is your original regional setting, and what did try to change? E.g. you can't use the same char for thousands and decimal separator.
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Qlemo, all want to change is the short date format from M/d/yyyy to MM/dd/yy
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That should not give you any issue. Strange. I tried to mistype the format, e.g. appending a space, but as long as you use the correct letters and the delimiter everything is fine.
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Qlemo, I found the fix below, but my only concern is that it applies only to:
Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
Microsoft Windows 95
Let me know your thoughts please

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/250449

btw, how can i show the line above as hyperlink?
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by:Qlemo
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It does not relate to "modern" Windows based on NT, because the reg key does exist in any case there. However, you could try to change the sShortDate value to MM/dd/yy. BTW, did you type that format or chose from the dro-down list?
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by:aldi2
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Actually the reg key is missing there.  It may be a current user thing.  The current user is not the administrator account, even though the current user account has administrator privileges and is in the domain admins group.  In turn the domain admins group is in the administrators group of the local machine.

I chose the short date from the drop-down list.
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by:aldi2
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I logged on as the administrator, then I looked in the registry for the "International" key in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\, but it is missing there.  Also, try to change the date while still logged on as the "Administrator", but I got the same error message below:

"One or more of the characters you typed in this field are invalid. Try typing different characters."

I like to know how risky would be to add the the missing registry key above to a windows 2000 server, when microsoft states that it applies only to Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition and Microsoft Windows 95.

It may not cause any harm I suspect, but I don't want to take chances.
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Not risky at all. Adding keys is seldom causing any problems.
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I'll give it a try tonight and post back tomorrow.

Thanks,
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The fix above works with windows 2000 server too.
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