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.


You must be an administrator to use this command.


date [/t | <month-day-year>]


Parameter Description
<month-day-year> Sets the date specified, where month is the month (one or two digits, including values 1 through 12), day is the day (one or two digits, including values 1 through 31), and year is the year (two or four digits, including the values 00 through 99 or 1980 through 2099). You must separate values for month, day, and year with periods (.), hyphens (-), or slash marks (/).

Note: Be aware that if you use 2 digits to represent the year, the values 80-99 correspond to 1980 through 1999.

/t Displays the current date without prompting you for a new date.
/? Displays help at the command prompt.


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-yyyy)

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.

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