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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


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Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows
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)

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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)

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






Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows
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)

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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)

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






Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows OPTION THREE Enable or Disable Changing Date and Time Formats in Windows
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