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Tech Culture: Patch your system for daylight saving time
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Tech Culture: Patch your system for daylight saving time

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The new DST dates can put your computer an hour off for a few weeks. Here's how to patch up your tech to avoid the trouble.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:05 >> In the United States and Canada, daylight savings time comes earlier this year. Great, more sunshine. You know who's going to be really surprised about this? Your computer. I'm Tom Merritt, editor from CNET.com. On this edition of Insider Secrets, I'll show you how to avoid a mini Y2K disaster from the evil daylight savings time switch. [ Music ] Windows has a brilliant way of updating your clock for daylight savings item. Lots of devices do this, but not that they've moved daylight saving time, you have to let your devices know. Here's how to get Windows the message. If you run an older version than Windows XP, you're going to need to change the time by hand from now on. See my quick tip on turning off automatic daylight savings time. If you run Windows XP SP1 or earlier, you'll need to install SP2. And if you have Windows Vista, you're done, it's already ready. If you have Windows XP SP2 and you run automatic patches, you should have gotten the patch on February 13th, 2007. However, if you don't run automatic updates or you didn't get the patches that day, here's where to find the patch you need. Go to the start menu and select Windows Updates or navigate in Internet Explorer only to Windowsupdate.com. Press the custom button. Look for an update called Update for Windows XP KB931836. Check that one and any others you might want to install and click review and install updates, then follow the prompts. Now you're done with Windows, but that's not everything. If you have a mobile device, you'll need to patch that device's operating system as well. And if you have Outlook, you'll have to patch that separately. Get the time zone data update tool from Outlook Calendars from Microsoft.com. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. There's also TIVOs, VCRs, other networked devices. In fact, to cover all those at CNETNews.com, we have a list of other devices and what you'll need to do. And analog clocks, you still need to set those by hand. You have to remember when the new dates are. I hope all this work is worth the extra sunshine. I'm Tom Merritt. That's it for this edition of Insider Secret. Remember, spring forward, fall back. [ Music ]

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