Applies To: Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8

Displays or sets the system date. If used without parameters, date displays the current system date setting and prompts you to enter a new date.

For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.


date [/t | <Month-Day-Year>]





Sets the date specified, where Month is the month (one or two digits), Day is the day (one or two digits), and Year is the year (two or four digits).


Displays the current date without prompting you for a new date.


Displays help at the command prompt.


  • To change the current date, you must have administrative credentials.

  • You must separate values for Month, Day, and Year with periods (.), hyphens (-), or slash marks (/).

  • Valid Month values are 1 through 12.

  • Valid Day values are 1 through 31.

  • Valid Year values are either 00 through 99, or 1980 through 2099. If you use two digits, the values 80 through 99 correspond to the years 1980 through 1999.


If command extensions are enabled, to display the current system date, type:

date /t

To change the current system date to August 3, 2007, you can type any of the following:

date 08.03.2007
date 08-03-07
date 8/3/07

To display the current system date, followed by a prompt to enter a new date, type:

The current date is: Mon 04/02/2007
Enter the new date: (mm-dd-yy)

To keep the current date and return to the command prompt, press ENTER. To change the current date, type the new date and then press ENTER.

Additional references

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