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Scope of the OpenVMS Year 2000 Initiative

The following sections describe the scope of the OpenVMS Year 2000 Initiative.

OpenVMS Versions

To ensure that all components and features of our products are Year-2000 ready, we have conducted a full investigation on the latest release of our software products. We also reviewed some earlier versions to aid customers who still rely on older versions of OpenVMS products.

Our approach was as follows:

  • Conducted a full investigation on OpenVMS Version 7.1 because this release is the most comprehensive.

  • Backported modifications and enhancements for the Year 2000 to OpenVMS Versions 6.2 and 5.5-2.

  • Conducted tests and simulations on configurations of key components on these older versions of software.

  • Identified differences in code between Version 7.1 and Versions 6.2 and 5.5-2, and investigated them.

The versions that are supported with Year 2000 kits are Versions 5.5-2, 5.5-2H4, 6.2, 6.2-1H3, and 7.1. However, the Version 6.2-1H3 kit can be installed on previous versions of Version 6.2 because Version 6.2-1H3 includes them all.


The OpenVMS Year 2000 Initiative addresses not only the OpenVMS operating system, but also several families of layered products. The status of these products is also documented with the results of our investigation.

Software Outside the Scope of the OpenVMS Year 2000 Initiative

The following areas are outside the scope of the OpenVMS Year 2000 Initiative.

Old Versions

The OpenVMS Year 2000 Initiative may not address some old or obsolete versions of products that are still in use. We recommend that customers upgrade their environments to the more recent Year 2000-ready releases before the year 2000.

Retired Products

Generally speaking, products that are slated for retirement will not be addressed by the OpenVMS Year 2000 Initiative.


The OpenVMS Year 2000 Initiative does not address freeware. Freeware is any piece of software that DIGITAL distributes under a disclaimer such as the following:

"The freeware components on this CD are included as prebuilt applications. Please note that this software is provided 'as is'. Digital Equipment Corporation disclaims all warranties with regard to this software, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS."

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