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Microsoft Released 2007 Time Zone Update for Windows Operating Systems

Published: 2006-11-23
Last Updated: 2006-11-23 18:15:57 UTC
by David Goldsmith (Version: 2)
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Microsoft released an update today for the change in Daylight Saving Time (DST) that goes into affect next spring in the United States due to the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  The update also addresses some changes in other timezones.

This update is not currently showing up on Microsoft Update so users will need to download it manually for the time being if they want it.  The update will be included on Microsoft Update, Automatic Update and WSUS starting December 12, 2006.

Updates were released for Windows 2003 and Windows XP.  Windows Vista will included the newer timezone data.

Update 1:

One of our readers wrote in with a reference to another Microsoft KB article that explains how you can edit the timezone files manually. Folks who still have Windows 2000 on computers may have to resort to this method if they want their clocks to stay accurate.  
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If IE Suddenly Says "Se Habla Español" ...

Published: 2006-11-23
Last Updated: 2006-11-23 15:27:01 UTC
by David Goldsmith (Version: 2)
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A reader wrote in with this link.  Some folks who downloaded IE 7.0 through WSUS last night got a Spanish version rather than then English version.  Microsoft is aware of the issue and is working on correcting it.  Apparently the Spanish version of IE 7.0 accidently got classified as the English version.

Update 1

Microsoft has fixed the issue with the WSUS package.  From a posting to one of Microsoft's public newsgroups:

We have verified a problem in the metadata for the latest  IE7.0 update rollup package which impacts the installation behavior for all locales, and results in an Spanish error dialog after installation as reported..

To immediately address the spread of this issue, the IE7.0 update package has been expired effective 5:00PM PST, Wednesday, 11/22/06.  Synchronizing WSUS servers after 5:00PM PST will ensure the expiration status is applied to the latest IE7.0 update rollup package, released 11/21/06.

For more details, see the blog entry.

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