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Hoax: "Y2K - Windows will Fail"
Sábado 11 de setiembre de 1999.

Este hoax (engaño o broma) habla de una falla en Windows 95 y 98 sobre el cambio de fecha, y da unas soluciones que son tontas, puesto que la supuesta falla no existe, ya que Windows 98 está preparado para entender la fecha 1/1/00 como 1/1/2000 sin ningún cambio.

No confunda este hoax con el virus FIX2001. No redistribuya este mensaje, lo que en él se dice es falso.

Thought you might be interested in the following sent to me by a friend. I went in to my settings, and sure enough, it was exactly as this e-mail states. I changed mine -- better safe than sorry!

I sent this to my son, Mike, for his evaluation before sending this out to those on my email list. The following is his reply: "There is a short date and a long date...I changed it as instructed but I am not sure what it does. The long date was OK and Y2K compliant. I tend not to trust these "panic" emails.

There is no verifiable proof that there is a problem but caution is the best step. It is my understanding that this date can affect "date-sensitive" programs. As usual, DO WITH IT AS YOU WILL.


Double click on "My Computer."
Double click on "Control Panel."
Double click on "Regional Settings" icon.
Click on the "Date" tab at the top of the page.
Where it says, "Short Date Sample," look and see if it shows a "two digit" year.

Of course it does. That's the default setting for Windows 95, Windows 98 and NT. This date RIGHT HERE is the date that feeds application software and WILL NOT rollover in the year 2000. It will roll over to 00. Click on the button across from "Short Date Style" and select the option that shows mm/dd/yyyy or m/d/yyyy. (Be sure your selection has four Y's showing, not two) Then click on "Apply" and then click on "OK"at the bottom. Easy enough to fix.

However, it appears every single installation of Windows worldwide is defaulted to fail the Y2K rollover. How many people know about it? How many people know to change that? What will be the effect? Who knows. But this is another example of the pervasiveness and systematic nature of the problem.

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