How can I modify the date format on a Windows machine for new users?

A. New users inherit the date format values that were established for the default user when Windows was installed on the machine. To modify the date format (e.g., so that the date appears as day/month/year instead of month/day/year), perform the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_USERS registry key.
  3. From the File menu, select Load Hive.
  4. Navigate to the \%systemdrive%\documents and settings\default user folder, select ntuser.dat, then click Open.
  5. Enter a name for the registry entry (e.g., Default User), then click OK.
  6. Navigate to the HKEY_USERS\Default User\Control Panel\International registry subkey.
  7. Double-click the sShortDate registry entry.
  8. Set the value to the date format required (e.g., dd/MM/yyyy), then click OK.
  9. You can also change the sLongDate registry entry for the longer date format (e.g., dd MMMM yyyy), then click OK.
  10. Select the HKEY_USERS\Default User registry subkey (or whatever you named it) again, then from the File menu select Unload Hive.
  11. Click Yes to the confirmation.
  12. Close the registry editor.
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