Microsoft KB Archive/247873
Article ID: 247873
Article Last Modified on 1/27/2007
- Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
- Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
- Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
- Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
- Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
- Microsoft Windows 95
- Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
- Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
This article was previously published under Q247873
IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
This article describes the sources for the formats available on the Date and Time tabs in the Regional Settings or Regional Options tool in Control Panel.
The default date and time format options originate in the following ISO standard:
ISO 8601:1988 "Data elements and interchange formats -- Information interchange -- Representation of dates and times"
The remaining date and time formats are other typically used string values for a given region, based on linguistic research performed by Microsoft.
Microsoft has made extensive efforts to be culturally aware, and to limit the choices to options that users might actually want to use. For example, 12-hour time formats are not included as options in locales that do not use them.
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You can override the available formats by entering your own custom values in the applicable control in the Regional Settings or Regional Options tool in Control Panel.
In Windows 95 and Windows 98, all values in the default list options are stored in the [Intl] section of of the Win.ini file. Custom values are stored under the following registry key:
In Windows NT and Windows 2000, all date and time format settings, whether default or custom, are stored under the following registry key:
For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
58337 Windows 3.0 Win.ini [Intl] Section
65124 Writing International Applications for Windows
For additional information about ISO standards, visit the following Web site:
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