Monday, December 04, 2006

Vista Media Center and Date Formats

Some of you may have noticed that when you are viewing your Scheduled Recordings listings, the date format doesn't show the day of the week. Others, depending on their settings, may not have any problems seeing this.

Notice that the day of the week is not shown

Media Center uses the long date format that is defined in your Regional and Language Options Control Panel. For some formats, the day of the week is not shown. As an example, English (United States) shows the day of the week in its Long date format, but English (Canada) and English (United Kingdom) do not. There are other formats that also don't show the day of the week in its long date format. You can see this in the below two pictures (focus on the Long date item).

To fix this, you can either:

  1. Change the long date format so that it includes the day of the week.
  2. Change the Current format to one that does have the day of the week (i.e. English (United States).

Most people will likely want to do the former, so here is how you go about fixing it.

  1. Go to Start and type "intl.cpl" into the Search/Run bar to open the Regional and Language Options control panel
  2. Under the Formats tab, hit the 'Customize this format' button
  3. Click on the 'Date' tab and turn your attention to the Long Date entry
  4. Add the letters that define the 'Day of the week' (dddd) to the Long Date format.
  5. Hit Ok to accept.

Prior to the fix

After the fix

Once this is done, Media Center will show the day of the week in the Scheduled Recordings listing.

Notice that the day of the week is now shown

Note that this change is done on a per-user basis. As a result, if you want to change this for other users, repeat the above steps. For Extender accounts, this is perhaps the easiest way to change the format is the following...

  1. Go back to the Regional and Language Options control panel by going to Start and typing "intl.cpl" into the Search/Run bar
  2. Go to the Administrative tab and hit the "Copy to reserved accounts..." button
  3. Check the 'Default user account (new users)" checkbox
  4. Hit Ok to accept out.
  5. Open Media Center and go to Tasks, Settings, Extender
  6. Uninstall the Extender, and then re-install it

After doing this, the Extender will have the new Date format enabled on its account. This method will always work; however, I have sometimes seen that the date format change once you have changed it for another user (even though logic would dictate that it not change). YMMV.

Hopefully you find this useful. On a side note, I wonder why English (Canada) and English (United Kingdom) don't have the day of the week shown in the Long Date format? I don't think it is because we have an aversion to seeing it? Anyone have a plausible explanation for that one?

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip. I was wondering why this never showed up for me, even though I saw it on other systems.

Jason said...

You're welcome. Note that this 'fix' applies to earlier versions of Media Center (not just the Vista Media Center...)

Anonymous said...

Thanks JAson ,your comments were really useful