Microsoft users: DST D-day is Sunday

Microsoft users: DST D-day is Sunday

Summary: On November 4, it's time to fall back, in terms of Daylight Saving Time (DST) here in the U.S. It's time to make doubly sure that all your Microsoft (and non-Microsoft) software that revolves around dates/times is updated.

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On November 4, it's time to fall back, in terms of Daylight Saving Time (DST) here in the U.S.Microsoft users: DST D-day is Sunday

If you haven't already done so, you might want to make doubly sure that all your Microsoft (and non-Microsoft) software that revolves around dates/times is updated. Microsoft has published a list of Microsoft products are affected by DST. In short, any and all Windows operating systems and calendar programs need updating.

More DST guidance for Microsoft users is available on Microsoft's Daylight Saving Time Help and Support Center site.

(Back from DST. Image by  desi.italy. CC 2.0)

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • DST

    Mary Joe, why didn't you explain in your article that any user that keeps (shouldn't you recommend that to everyone?) their pc updated already has the dst update from Microsoft. Or you just wanted to, again, take a shot at them like you always do.

    Where is your responsibility? To your dislike of Microsoft or to the users/readers?

    Your priorities are all wrong.
    Alaska
    • Shot at Microsoft?

      Hi. I am not trying to take a shot at them. Microsoft themselves are the ones who are recommending that users -- even those who patched and updated their systems for the initial DST change -- recheck and make sure that everything is set for the time change. Microsoft has been trying to get the message out about user preparedness for the fall DST change since September.

      More info on Microsoft's fall DST awareness campaign is here: http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=718

      And, yes, this is a change affecting any/all users, not just Microsoft ones. But because this blog is "All About Microsoft," Microsoft users are my focus.
      Mary Jo Foley
    • Ha!

      "Or you just wanted to, again, take a shot at them like you always do", he said hypocritically.

      A little like the entire set of cookware calling the kettle "black", wouldn't you say. There's a small cadre of anti-MaryJo'ers out there who don't seem interested in anything but attacking every keystroke of hers. If her blog is so bad, why do you keep coming back? If you didn't like the food at a restaurant, would you keep going back just so you could criticize it? Oh that's right, anonymous pot shots are free in the blogosphere.
      MGP2
  • Doesn't DST comes as a Windows update automatically?

    I thought by using Windows Updates, I should be able to get the DST update, without going to the site.

    Is this just a "nothing" post?
    quikboy
  • RE: Microsoft users: DST D-day is Sunday

    I am from the UK and we had our change from British Summer Time to GMT last week, and it all worked fine for my XP SP2 machine. The only I had to change in my home was the microwave and the alarm clock.
    eurobloke
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  • I believe this story is incorrect

    All machines that would have been affected would have gone out of wack on October 28th (last week) if the patches were not already applied. DST both started earlier (3 weeks), and ended later (1 week):


    So don't if you haven't already had issues (or now might be a good time to check), it should be smooth sailing.

    Starting tonight, any unpatched systems will finally be accurate for the first time in a week, but will experience DST issues next year.

    John G
    http://www.gilham.org/blog
    JohnnyG77
  • RE: Microsoft users: DST D-day is Sunday

    I was on the team that did all the DST updates on the desktops and servers back in February. Well, at the end of last week, our management started freaking about the time change on Nov 4th. I told them the week before that if there was going to be an issue, it would be on October 28th. No one listened. Luckily, we had no serious issues with the servers. I had the desktops already covered though. We put the patch out through SMS back in February. We do not have Auto updates turned on in our company.
    Mavtech
  • RE: Microsoft users: DST D-day is Sunday

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