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New Daylight Savings Time

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about how the Daylight Savings Time is going to change this year. With all the rumors running around, I’m beginning to worry about how my computer will react to the change. Can you provide any insight on that?

I sure can! The new Daylight Savings Time change is right around the corner and I’ve been getting several e-mails about it in the last couple of weeks. Even Chad, our tech support guru, told me that I should do an article on this subject. It’s good that you all have asked about it, because it’s very important to know what types of things will be affected when the time change does come.

First of all, just in case you haven’t heard, the new Daylight Savings Time (in the U.S.) will start on March 11, 2007 and extend through November 4, 2007. Between the two, there is a four week difference in the times and that’s quite a big change for all of us to endure. But, don’t worry, it should all come through as painless as can be.

Okay, back to the question at hand. Will the time change affect your computer? Well, there are a couple of things that could happen when all of this hits. First, it’s possible that your computer’s time zones will be off target during the extended four week period. It’s also possible that some of your software programs, etc. will run into some problems. Now, it’s not guaranteed that you will have any problems once March 11th comes around, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

So, to ensure that you won’t have any trouble, Microsoft is suggesting that everyone updates their Windows operating system. It’s important that you update any calendar programs you have on your computer as well. To help with all of this, Microsoft has put together a Daylight Savings Time Update Guide, which makes it very easy to get all the updates you need for your computer. All you have to do is answer a few questions and then run a quick download of the Update Guide. It will run exactly for the type of system you have, which will allow you to combat any problems in the future.

Before you begin with the Update Guide, make sure you have the JavaScript on your computer enabled. To do this in Internet Explorer, go to Tools, Internet Options and click on the Security tab. Next, click on the Custom Level button and scroll down to the Scripting section. For JavaScript, click Enable under “Active Scripting.” Click OK twice. In Firefox, go to Tools, Options and click on the Web Features icon. Check the box that says “Enable JavaScript.” Click OK when you’re done.

Alright, once you have all that done, navigate your way to the Guide by clicking here [1]. Answer the first question (whether you’re a home user, etc.) and click Next. The next question asks you for your operating system type. Select the one that fits yours and click Next. (Note: If you’re not sure on all the components of this, right click on the My Computer icon on your desktop and choose Properties. From there, you will be able to see what version of Windows you have and if you have any extra features or not).

The next part is the actual download. Just click on the Download button to begin. Click Run and then Run again. Then just let the install go and click Next when it’s finished. You can then choose which program you want to run the update on and click Next again. Click Next once more to begin the update process. Let the update run and just follow any more directions it gives you. When it’s all complete, your computer will be fully updated and ready for the new Daylight Savings Time. If you want to update more than one program, just run the download again.

Now, if you have upgraded to Windows Vista, chances are, you won’t be affected by the time change. You can still run through the Update Guide if you want to confirm it, but it may just not be necessary for you. Also, if you have the Automatic Updates feature turned on for your computer, you may not need to worry about running the Update Guide either. You can always do it just to make sure, but it will probably just come in your regular updates like normal.

Either way, this is a great tool to use to ensure that you and your computer will be safe when the new Daylight Savings Time comes along. You can’t complain about that!

~ Erin