Wrong or incorrect timing can cause all sorts of problems. Here are some simple and effective steps to correct wrong time in Windows 10.
Most people never think about it, but time is a tricky thing for computers. If you get the timing wrong, many things can go wrong and many things can go wrong. If your Windows system is displaying the wrong time for some reason, here are some simple and effective steps you can take to fix the wrong time problem in Windows 10 as quickly as possible.
Reboot the system before performing the following steps. In many cases, a simple reboot will solve many problems, including incorrect time. The fixes described below are also valid for Windows 7 and Windows 8.
- 1. Verify that the Windows Time Service is running
- 2. Synchronize the time with an Internet time server in Windows
- 3. Check the time zone setting in Windows
- 4. Set the time manually
- 5. Dual boot with Linux? Add a RealTimeIsUniversal DWORD value to correct the wrong time in Windows
- 6. Resynchronizing Windows Time with PowerShell
- 7. Scan your system.It may be infected with a virus or malware.
- YouTube video: Windows 10: How to Fix Wrong Time (Show Correct Time)
1. Verify that the Windows Time Service is running
First and most importantly, verify that the Windows Time Service is running. If the service is not running or stopped, Windows may not be able to update it correctly and may be showing the wrong time
1. First, press Win + R keys, type
services.msc , and click the “OK” button. You can also look for it in the “Start” menu as well.
2. Scroll down the “Services” window, find the “Windows Time” service, right click on it and select “Properties”. The above will bring up the Windows Time properties window. If the service has not been started, a “Start” button will appear, click on it. This will start the service. Next, select “Automatic” from the drop-down menu next to “Startup Type” and click the “Apply” and “OK” buttons to save changes
4. Reboot the system and apply changes.
2. Synchronize the time with an Internet time server in Windows
Windows has a little feature to synchronize the time with the Internet from an accurate and reliable source such as time.windows.com or time.nist.gov <7 and time.nist.gov . This feature is enabled by default. This allows Windows to automatically adjust the time as soon as you connect to the Internet. Under certain circumstances, this feature can be disabled. In this case, the Internet Time Synchronization feature must be enabled.
1. Open the “Settings” application by searching for “Settings” in the Start menu. You can also click the All Settings button available in the Notification Center.
2. In the “Settings” application, go to “Time and Language -> Region. Click on the Additional Date, Time, and Region Settings link in the right panel. The above will bring up the Control Panel window. Now click on the “Date and Time” tab, then the “Date and Time Settings” link.
4. In the “Date and Time” window, open the “Internet Time” tab and click the “Change Settings” button.
5. Now check the “Synchronize with Internet time server” checkbox, select time.windows.com or time.nist.gov from the drop-down menu and click the “Update Now” buttonClick the “Update Now” button. The time will be updated as soon as you click the button. Click the “Ok” button to save the changes.
6. Close all other windows
3. Check the time zone setting in Windows
If the time zone is not correct, the time will not be displayed correctly. Basically, Windows can automatically determine and set the time zone. However, sometimes it may be incorrect or unintentionally changed. Follow these simple steps to change the time zone to the correct location in Windows 10.
4. Set the time manually
If the Windows automatic time is wrong, you can set the time manually. This is simple.
1. Open the Settings application by searching for “Settings” in the Start menu. You can also click the All Settings button available in the Notification Center.
2. In the Settings application, go to the “Time and Language -> Date and Time” page. In the right panel, turn on “Set time automatically”. Then, on the “Change date and time” tab, click the “Change” button.
3. Click the button and another window will appear. Use the drop-down menus to set the time and date. When satisfied, click the “Change” button to confirm the change.
5. Dual boot with Linux? Add a RealTimeIsUniversal DWORD value to correct the wrong time in Windows
If you are dual booting Windows and Linux, you can add a “RealTimeIsUniversal” value to the registry. This is because Windows and Linux handle time differently.
Windows treats what the motherboard tells it as real time. Linux, on the other hand, treats the time reported by the motherboard as UTC (Greenwich Mean Time), offset by the time zone. As you can see, every time you boot into another operating system, the time changes, resulting in the wrong time being displayed.
Have you already read our detailed guide on how to fix Windows and Linux to display different times? Follow this guide and all will be well.
6. Resynchronizing Windows Time with PowerShell
Under certain circumstances, Windows gets confused and loses time synchronization. In such cases, a simple PowerShell command can resynchronize the time.
1. Open the Start menu, search for “PowerShell”, right click, and select “Run as administrator”. This will start PowerShell with administrator privileges.
2. In an empty PowerShell window, execute the following command. You can copy the cmdlet and paste it by right-clicking in the PowerShell window.
Immediately after executing the cmdlet, you should see the output “Sending resync command to local computer” and “The command completed successfully”. Please note that if you are not connected to the Internet, the command will not execute successfully.
7. Scan your system.It may be infected with a virus or malware.
Some viruses and malware can change the time without your knowledge or confuse Windows into displaying the wrong time. Therefore, if the above methods do not resolve the issue of incorrect time in Windows, we recommend scanning your system for infection. You can use third-party antivirus software such as Windows Defender, Avast, or AVG to perform a full system scan (not a quick scan). In addition, use Malwarebytes to perform a complete scan for malware.
Depending on the size of your hard disk and the number of files, the scan may take several hours. So, if possible, run the virus scan before you go to bed. That way it will be completed before you wake up and you will not waste any productive time. If the scan detects a threat, follow the appropriate steps in your antivirus application to clean the system and see if the problem goes away. Check the CMOS battery
All computer motherboards, including laptops, have what is called a CMOS battery. One of the main functions of this battery is to allow the system to keep track of time even when the power is off. This is why it can be unplugged and unplugged for weeks and still display the correct time after rebooting.
If the CMOS battery is damaged, it can no longer help the motherboard keep track of time. As a result, the
incorrect time will be displayed each time the system is booted.
The incorrect time problem can be corrected by resetting or replacing the CMOS battery. In most cases, the motherboard manual should have instructions for resetting or replacing the CMOS battery. If not, there are quite a few tutorials on YouTube showing how to do it yourself.
With notebooks, this is a bit more complicated. You can usually find official repair manuals for your particular laptop model on the Internet. If you are comfortable with repairing your electronics yourself, follow the repair manual. Otherwise, we recommend taking it to a first- or third-party service center.
YouTube video: Windows 10: How to Fix Wrong Time (Show Correct Time)