KB Article: No winter time from 2018, Namibia

Make sure your Namibian Windows computers are ready for the 1st of April 2018

The Namibian Government abandoned daylight savings time in September 2017 announcing that Namibian clocks will remain on GMT+02 the entire year as from the the 3rd of September 2017.

Effectively, operating system companies, such as Microsoft, has patched all systems to make this change effective on all computers, phones, tablets and other systems.

It is very important, that you please make sure that your computers / servers are running this relevant patch from Microsoft, in order to make sure that your computer systems does not update it's time this coming Sunday, the 1st of April 2018. If your computer does update it's time, your clocking machines will update it's time also, and staff clocking records would then be out with an hour.

Herewith a document from Microsoft explaining the changes they made to their Windows Operating systems: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/dst2007/2018/


Herewith a link to the patch that must be installed on your servers and computers. This patch was released in February 2018, but it came to light this week, that for some reason, this was not effectively pushed through to all Windows computers for some reason:

  • All operating systems before Windows 10 and Server 2016:
    • http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=4074837

  • For Windows 10 and Server 2016, the accumulative update must be installed. Refer to:
    • https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4000825/windows-10-windows-server-2016-update-history


  • If you are a Binary City Time client, it is especially important to ensure that the server or computer running the Time Comm service, is updated.
  • If you are a SmarTime Client client, all computers running SmarTime Client must contain the update.

Please note, that while Binary City staff can help with this, you should please enquire with your own IT department first, who will be able to advise whether the Microsoft updates were applied to the relevant computers, and who should ultimately ensure that your computer systems are patched.