Microsoft says Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11 users in Chile may face bugs due to the upcoming switch to the Daylight Saving Time (DST) time zone. According to the company, both the client and server versions of Windows may face problems as the switch is made. However, Microsoft is issuing the warning but says users shouldn’t expect anything too problematic.
Chile’s government announced on August 9, 2022 that the country will adopt DST officially. This means the country will advance its clocks by 60 minutes. This will happen on September 10 instead of September 4.
In its caution, Microsoft describes the following issues that may befall Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11:
- “Time shown in Windows and apps will not be correct.
- Apps and cloud services which use date and time for integral functions, such as Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Outlook, notifications and scheduling of meetings might be 60 minutes off.
- Automation using date and time, such as Scheduled tasks, might not run at the expected time.
- Timestamp on transactions, files, and logs will be 60 minutes off.
- Operations that rely on time-dependent protocols such as Kerberos might cause authentication failures when attempting to logon or access resources.
- Windows devices and apps outside of Chile might also be affected if they are connecting to servers or devices in Chile or if they are scheduling or attending meetings taking place in Chile from another location or time zone. Windows devices outside of Chile should not use the workaround, as it would change their local time on the device.”
In a blog post, Microsoft provides advice about what customers in Chile can do to avoid issues:
“You can mitigate this issue on devices in Chile by doing either of the following on September 4, 2022 and undoing on September 11, 2022:
- Select the Windows logo key, type “Date and time”, and select Date and time settings. From the Date & time settings page, toggle Adjust for daylight saving time automatically to Off.
- Go to Control Panel > Clock and Region > Date and Time > Change time zone and uncheck the option for “Automatically adjust clock for Daylight Saving Time”.”
Microsoft says it is working on an update to support Chile’s switch to DST, but needs time to build and test the release before rolling it out.
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