How do I change date format Regional Settings for all users in Windows Server 2012 that is not a domain controller? I also want to change "Language for non-Unicode programs" for all users. Since this is not a domain controller, the users are defined in "Computer Management/Users" and not in Active Directory.

The only answers I found were for domain controllers (http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2012/08/16/how-to-change-regional-settings-for-all-users-on-a-computer.aspx).

It would be great if there was a way to check the settings for a specific user.


So - I am assuming you are wanting to do this on more than one machine across a network.

Logon scripts would be the way and you can change the registry setting by running a reg file from the script.

the registry setting is

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\International.

there is an MS blog on this here

Which you have already referenced, this explains the Group Policy way AND the registry way. So if you run a script whenever you log on to that machine.

Simply put the logon script in a folder and point to it from the users profile in computer management.

local users

choose a user, right click properties, profile tab enter the logon script in the box and hey presto.

plenty of online help for how to create a reg file and how to create a logon script.

shout if you need answers on that.

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  • I want to do this for multiple users on a single machine that is running Windows Server 2012. The users access the server via RDP. Thanks for pointing out that the TechNet link shows the registry method. I am assuming that the registry method will work on a standalone server that is not part of a domain. I am going to apply the registry settings as shown here link – unubar Aug 11 '15 at 11:47
  • absolutely yes you can use logon script for all users (SAME SCRIPT) and then it will work fine. – Ed Baker Aug 11 '15 at 18:12
  • don't forget to mark it as the correct answer (vote!) cheers – Ed Baker Aug 11 '15 at 18:13

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