Windows 95 Year 2000

The information in this article applies to:
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 95 OEM Service Release versions 1, 2, 2.1, 2.5

SYMPTOMS

You may experience either of the following symptoms:

  • The DIR command displays file dates using only two digits to represent the year, instead of four digits.
  • When you use the DATE command to set the current date and you type the year as only two digits from 00 through 79, the DATE command displays the error message "Incorrect date format."

RESOLUTION

To work around this problem, type the year using four digits when you set the date to 1/1/2000 or later using the DATE command.

To resolve this issue, obtain the appropriate update file from Microsoft:

This issue is resolved by the following updated file for Windows 95 (retail release) and Windows 95 OEM Service Release 1 (Windows 95 A):

   Command.com (no version information), dated 3/23/98 9:51am, 93,034
   bytes

This issue is resolved by the following updated file for Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2 (OSR2, or Windows 95 B), OSR 2.1, and OSR 2.5:

   Command.com (no version information), dated 3/23/98 11:12am, 93,974
   bytes

To install this update, follow these steps:

  1. Download the Win95y2k.exe file to an empty folder.
  2. In My Computer or Windows Explorer, double-click the Win95y2k.exe file you downloaded in step 1.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen.

The following file(s) are available for download from the Microsoft Software Library:

 ~ Win95y2k.exe (size: 258696 bytes) 

For more information about downloading files from the Microsoft Software Library, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

   ARTICLE-ID: Q119591
   TITLE     : How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services

MORE INFORMATION

The following files are installed by Win95y2k.exe.

All versions:

   File name     Version    Date/Time        Size     Destination
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   Winfile.exe   4.00.951   3/11/97  9:51a   155,456  Windows

Windows 95 (retail release) and OEM Service Release 1 only:

   File name     Version    Date/Time        Size     Destination
   ----------------------------------------------------------------------
   Command.com   4.00.256   3/23/98  9:51a   93,034   Windows
                                                      Windows\COMMAND
                                                      C:\ (compressed and
                                                          host, if
                                                          present)

Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2, 2.1, and 2.5 only:

   File name     Version    Date/Time        Size     Destination
   ----------------------------------------------------------------------
   Command.com   4.00.256   3/23/98 11:12a   93,974   Windows
                                                      Windows\COMMAND
                                                      C:\ (compressed and
                                                          host, if
                                                          present)

This update provides the following functionality:

  • The DIR command displays file dates using four digits for the year if you use the /4 command-line switch (for example, "dir /4").
  • The DATE command accepts two-digit values from 00 through 79, interpreting these values as the four-digit values from 2000 through 2079.
  • The issue documented in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article is also resolved by this update:
         

    TITLE : File Manager Shows Incorrect Date for Year 2000 or Later

Additional query words y2k

Keywords          : osr1 osr2 win95 kbfile kb2000
Version           : WINDOWS:95
Platform          : WINDOWS
Issue type        : kbprb