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Article ID: 238020 - Last Review: November 2, 2013 - Revision: 5.0

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Symptoms

The Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP) service may not properly convert two-digit years to four digits. For example, if you specify the year 2000 using "00", the service may convert the two-digit year to 1900 instead of 2000.

When a messaging client attempts to post a message to an NNTP server using a two-digit year, the fact that the two-digit year is converted incorrectly may cause an error message similar to the following to be displayed:
441 (647) Article Rejected -- The Date in the date header is too old.
Microsoft is currently not aware of any messaging clients that post messages using two-digit years.

Resolution

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT 4.0 or the individual software update. For information on obtaining the latest service pack, please go to:
  • Windows Service Pack Center (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/service-packs) -or-

  • 152734  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/152734/EN-US/ ) how to obtain the latest windows nt 4.0 service pack
For information on obtaining the individual software update, contact Microsoft Product Support Services. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information on support costs, please go to the following address on the World Wide Web:
http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1139 (http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1139)

If you are running Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 5 or Service Pack 4:

To determine if a localized version of this software update is available, change ""USA"" in the URL above to the appropriate localized abbreviation. Click here (ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/winnt/winnt-public/fixes/readme.txt) for a list of these abbreviations.

Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
152734  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/152734/EN-US/ ) How to Obtain the Latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Windows NT 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition.

This problem was first corrected in Windows NT Server 4.0 Service Pack 6 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 6.

More information

After you apply the software update, two-digit years are converted to four digits according to the following table:

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Two-digit yearFour-digit year
00-492000-2049
50-991950-1999

Applies to
  • Microsoft Commercial Internet System 2.0
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