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Is it possible to configure Windows 7 to use YYYY-MM-DD instead of DD/MM/YYYY as the date format? How? Where?

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Go to Start > Control Panel > Regional and Language Options.

Here you can configure long and short date options on the Formats tab. Click additional settings to customize the formate more under the Date tab

Edit: Updated with more detail:

Changing Date Format in Windows 7

  1. Click Start and enter Control Panel

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  2. Enter Regional and Language Options (select the Large Icons or Small Icons view to see this particular icon).

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  3. Check the dropdown menu on the formats tab for Short date and Long date. See if there's a format that takes your fancy.

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  4. If not, make your own. Click the Additional settings button at the bottom right corner of the window

  5. Click on the Date tab. Here you can customize the format to whatever you wish. The notations are also given on this screen. alt text

I hope this more detailed answer helps someone in the future. Apologies for the screens as VirtualBox isn't the best with them. Feel free to update with some better ones

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this isn't tl;dr!! its definitely a great answer. ty. –  bobobobo Oct 12 '09 at 15:48
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This should be exactly how to do it with screenshots and all. Let us know if that doesn't work for you.

http://www.recipester.org/Recipe:Change%5FWindows%5F7%5FDate%5FFormat%5F26349573

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