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WA Daylight Savings Changes for Microsoft Windows for the Year 2006/2007

November 25th 2006 in Uncategorized

The Western Australian Government, in its infinite wisdom, and despite WA residents rejecting Daylight Savings via multiple Referendums, have decided to introduce Daylight Savings on a trial basis.


Of course, the fact that this is going to affect who knows how many millions of computers didn’t occur to our learned politicians.  Also, the fact that they gave the world, what, a couple of weeks, to adapt to the change, didn’t occur to them as a potential problem either (to see what I mean, right click your system clock, select adjust date/time and then set your time zone to Perth … oops, no Daylight Savings option:


Click here to see Perth time zone setting
Click here to see Sydney time zone setting – note the daylight savings option


Anyway, Microsoft has released an update to address the WA Government changes – unfortunately it is not yet available via WSUS and I have not been able to find out at time of writing when, or even if, it will be made available via WSUS.  Hopefully it will be made available before December 3 which is when the change takes effect.  In the interim, various downloads are available for direct download:


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c6a2c8fe-abda-4051-a24f-3ec933089747&DisplayLang=en


If you want to avoid an MSI, and use a registry file to deploy the update via login script, see here:
http://msmvps.com/blogs/spywaresucks/archive/2006/11/30/353805.aspx


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“WA Daylight Savings Changes for Microsoft Windows for the Year 2006/2007”

Jim

I tested this and it worked for the first date, but no others.

Also, why no love for 2k MS?


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