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Today’s question is from Jared in San Diego.

Q. My boss wanted me to also ask you if there was something particular that we have to do to make the clock on the server and on our individual computers to update to the time change. I tried to update but it will change back to the hour before.

Just so you know we have a Windows 2000 domain controller and Windows XP workstations.

A. Ah yes, the after-effects of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Will it save lots of energy? I don’t know! Will it get people to buy new appliances– answering machines, time card clocks, sprinker timers, video recorders, etc? Probably!

Anyway, you are not the only person who has had to deal with this issue. You’ll be happy to know that Microsoft has rolled out an update for Windows Server 2003 and XP, but unfortunately, Windows 2000 is too old to be bothered with. You’ll just have to pay your licensing fees and step onto the upgrade treadmill with the rest of us.

Okay, okay, there are a couple of things you can try first. If your XP workstations are current on their updates, it may be that your sever is feeding them the wrong time, as all systems in a domain need to be synchronized for numerous boring reasons.

So to update the server, see the following link and look at "Method 2, Update The Time On A Single Computer" at about 3/4 of the way from the bottom. Basically, you will run the tzedit program on the server, and change the beginning and ending dates of Pacific Daylight Time. Once you have done that, temporarily change to another time zone to cause the server’s clock to update.

Unfortunately, that may not solve all of your problems, as computers often compare time in terms of UTC rather than in terms of the local time zone. So your workstations may still display the local time incorrectly. In that case, try downloading the Update For Windows XP and applying it to the workstations.

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