You cannot change the time zone setting on a Windows XP-based computer over a remote desktop connection

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Daylight saving time update

Important The update in this article is superseded by the cumulative update in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 955839. To obtain the most recent information about daylight saving time (DST), click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
955839 December 2008 cumulative time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems
You do not have to remove any previously installed DST update to apply this cumulative update.
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When you use Remote Desktop Connection to connect to a computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP, and you change the time zone setting by using Date and Time Properties on the remote computer, the time zone changes that you made are not saved on the remote computer when you log off from Remote Desktop Connection.


Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version        Size     File name
   16-Jan-2004  06:55  5.1.2600.1333  903,680  Kernel32.dll


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.


For additional information about the terminology that is used in this article, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates


Article ID: 833551 - Last Review: February 24, 2009 - Revision: 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
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