Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows  

    Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows

    Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows

    How to Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows
    Published by Category: General Tips
    30 Apr 2021
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows


    The user locale is the locale (language) that the user wants to use to display date and time formats for their account in Windows.

    Users can then customize their locale by changing their user overrides (date and time formats).

    If you like, you can prevent users from being able to change their date and time formats for their locale. Users will still be able to change their user locale.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable changing date and time formats for specific or all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable changing date and time formats.



    Contents

    • Option One: Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Two: Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats for Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Three: Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats for All Users using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: Changing of date and time formats enabled and disabled
    Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows-change_date_and_time_formats_enabled-1.png Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows-change_date_and_time_formats_disabled-1.png
    Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows-change_date_and_time_formats_enabled-2.png Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows-change_date_and_time_formats_disabled-2.png






    OPTION ONE

    Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor


    This option will override Option Two.

    In Windows 7, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.

    In Windows 8, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Pro and Enterprise editions.

    In Windows 10, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Three below.


    1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2 In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, and Locale Services. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows-date_and_time_formats_gpedit-1.jpg

    3 In the right pane of Locale Services, double click/tap on the Disallow user override of locale settings policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Enable Changing Date and Time Formats for All Users

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Not Configured is the default setting.



     6. To Disable Changing Date and Time Formats for All Users

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows-date_and_time_formats_gpedit-3.png


    7 When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats for Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor


    In Windows 7, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.

    In Windows 8, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Pro and Enterprise editions.

    In Windows 10, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Three below.


    1 Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

    2 In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, and Locale Services. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows-date_and_time_formats_gpedit-2.jpg

    3 In the right pane of Locale Services, double click/tap on the Disallow user override of locale settings policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Enable Changing Date and Time Formats

    A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Not Configured is the default setting.



     6. To Disable Changing Date and Time Formats

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows-date_and_time_formats_gpedit-3.png


    7 When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






    OPTION THREE

    Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats for All Users using a REG file


    This option will override Option Two.

    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry keys below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\International

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Control Panel\International

    PreventUserOverrides DWORD

    (delete) = Enable
    1 = Disable


    1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Enable Changing Date and Time Formats for All Users

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_changing_date_and_time_formats.reg

    Download


     3. To Disable Changing Date and Time Formats for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_changing_date_and_time_formats.reg

    Download


    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 build 10586.420
       #1

    I have Win10 Home, so I can't use the first two options. However, the third doesn't really do anything at all... Nothing changes and I can still change the time if I want to. Is there a way around this? (When I select "automatically adjust time" to set to "on", it makes the "change" button for time/date greyed out, which is good.. however, I can still switch that "automatically..." to "off". If I could get around that, that may fix it all as well..) Any suggestions?
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 64,536
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    HolyMoley said:
    I have Win10 Home, so I can't use the first two options. However, the third doesn't really do anything at all... Nothing changes and I can still change the time if I want to. Is there a way around this? (When I select "automatically adjust time" to set to "on", it makes the "change" button for time/date greyed out, which is good.. however, I can still switch that "automatically..." to "off". If I could get around that, that may fix it all as well..) Any suggestions?
    Hello HolyMoley,

    This will only disable changing the date and time format, but will not prevent changing the actual date and time.

    You can use the method in the tutorial below to prevent users and groups from being able to change the time instead.

    Allow or Prevent Users and Groups to Change Time in Windows 10
      My Computers


 

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