Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Is your PC ready for Daylight Savings Time change?

Unless you have been living on a desert island for the last few months you will be aware that this coming weekend the US implements a change to Daylight Savings Time.

Are you ready for the upcoming change to Daylight Savings Time?

If you are working on a network and your company has a centralized update mechanism for your PCs you are probably ok. However, if you have a laptop or work from home or work in a company that doesn't have a centralized update policy you may want to check that your PC knows about the changes.

Microsoft has issued a web page (link) that you can use to check your computer. If you haven't got automatic updates enabled you will want to follow this link and get your computer updated. Only verified users of Microsoft Windows can use this service so if you have an illegal copy, which you shouldn't tsk tsk, you won't be able to run the update.

Having verified that your computer is ok the link will then ask you if you use Outlook. If you are using Outlook and you are using the Calendar and you have meetings or appointments scheduled during the next four weeks, you need to download and run a further update. The updater web page will walk you through this.

By the way, if you are using XP Service Pack 2, the Microsoft patch number for ensuring that your PC has been updated for Daylight Savings Time is KB931836. You can use the Control Panel Add or Remove Programs to check if this has been installed. Scroll to the bottom of the list and look at the last few Security Updates. If the update has already been installed you won't need to run it again (the updater checks) but you will still need to update Outlook if you are using it.

If you are absolutely certain that your PCs operating system has been updated, you can just check Outlook (link).

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