[time-nuts] Win XP and NIST Time

J. Forster jfor at quikus.com
Sat Mar 23 13:02:04 EDT 2013

Thank you.

My question is really does NIST time change to DST. I'm completely happy
with manually changing the time twice a year by hand. I'm trying to see if
disabling the auto-update fixes the problem. Resetting a clock is not
exactly a major task.

I have no interest in going to Vista or Windows 7 or anything else. If it
ain't broke, don't fix it.

I made the mistake of clicking a link and 'upgrading' RealPlayer and the
new version takes hugely more resources, crashes all the time, has loads
of 'features' of zero interest, and I cannot even find out how to
uninstall the bloatware, without losing saved files.




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> On 23/03/2013 14:50, Jim Lux wrote:
>> It wouldn't surprise me that XP doesn't have an accurate table of
>> this, since that would be one of the casualties of "being past
>> support EOL" although the KB entries I link below indicate that
>> they ARE still providing updates for XP.  There are a lot of
>> places where timezones can go wrong because it's all stored in the
>> registry and there have been updates over the years that are
>> incremental and others that purport to be monolithic, etc.
> XP is still up to date with timezone changes as far as I am aware but
> you will need to ensure all (including optional) updates are
> installed, and that may only be possible with an enterprise support
> contract now.
> If all else fails, you can disable automatic timezone updates with the
> following registry key:
> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\TimeZoneInformation
> DisableAutoDaylightTimeSet REG_DWORD (1 = disable daylight-savings
> adjustment, 0 or not set = enable adjustment)
> Not sure if third party software can keep you in the right zone then,
> but I'd imagine so.
> Really though the correct fix is to upgrade to Windows 7. It's stable,
> works well, and will be supported for years to come; though if you
> want long term stability/updates you're better off looking into Linux
> systems.
> Cheers,
> James Harrison
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