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Change date format for all profiles on local PC

Posted on 2010-08-24
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Good day

How do I change the date format on all profiles on pc's in my network? I can make the change in the registry and write a logon script to change it once the user logs on, but I want this to apply without waiting for all users to logon to the local pc. For instance, I have users 1, 2, and 3 working on PC X. If user 1 logs on, the date and time should change for all users (2 and 3).

Reason for this is, I am running a script (encrypted) as users Y (domain admin) on all PC's. The encrypted tool creates a profile for user Y when any user logs on. So with the domain user loged on, it uses the settings (date and time) from user Y (account used to run the script), causing trouble in some applications that we run.

Any idea how I can change the date and time format for all profiles regardless of who logs on? Using Server 2003 and XP on workstations. Date format should be, long date: dd MMM yyyy short date: dd/MM/yyyy
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by:Coast-IT
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You could create a custom ADM using the following content ;

You can do this in a ADM Template and import this to your GPO.

----- shortdate.adm -----

class user
category "regional settings"
policy "Change date
format"
keyname "control panel\international"
part "change to:" edittext
valuename "sShortDate"
default "dd/mm/yyyy"
end part
end policy
end category

----- shortdate.adm -----

Then do another one for sLongDate.  Does this help?
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by:iamdieter
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Applied the template, will see what happens and let you know
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by:iamdieter
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not working, created template and applied to GPO.
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created a batch file to copy profile from another user and reaplace with current user's profile
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Hmm, that should work what I added.  Are you sure the policy is being applied?

Have you run a GPresult on the affected machine/user ?

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