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Windows will Fail on Jan 1 Hoax

Windows will Fail on Jan 1 Hoax

February 13, 2007

This is a hoax. The hoax message is similar to the following

"Every copy of Windows will fail on January 1st unless you fix it now, to fix it..."

1.Click on "My Computer".

2.Click on "Control Panel".

3.Click on "Regional Settings".

4.Click on the "Date" tab. Where it says, "Short Date Sample" look and see if it shows a "two Digit" year. Of course it does. That's the default setting for Windows 95, 98 and NT. This date RIGHT HERE is the date that feeds application software and WILL NOT rollover in the year 2000. It will rollover to 00.

5.Click on the button across from "Short Date Style" and select the option that shows mm/dd/yyyy. Be sure your selection has four Y's showing, not two.

6.Click "Apply" and then click on "OK" at the bottom. Easy enough to fix. However, every single installation of Windows worldwide is defaulted to fail Y2K rollover.

"Thanks and have a great day" Please ignore any messages regarding this hoax and do not pass on messages. Passing on messages about the hoax only serves to further propagate it.
Writeup By: Motoaki Yamamura