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    Time Synchronization - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    Time Synchronization - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
    How to Turn On or Off Internet Time Synchronization in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Published by Brink is offline
    13 Oct 2013
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    How to Turn On or Off Internet Time Synchronization in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    When you synchronize the system clock in Windows with an internet time server, your PC's time is automatically updated to match the clock on the time server to help ensure that it is accurate. Your system clock is automatically updated every 7 days by default, and needs to be connected to the Internet for the synchronization to occur.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to synchronize your PC with an Internet time server to set the time automatically in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Note   Note
    Internet time synchronization uses the Windows Time (W32Time) service.





    OPTION ONE
    Turn On or Off Time Synchronization in PC settings

    NOTE: This option is only available in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

    1. Open PC settings, and click/tap on Time and language on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Click/tap on Date and time on the left side of "Time and language", and do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)

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    3. To Turn On Internet Time Synchronization
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) On the right side under Date and time, move the Set time automatically slider to the right to turn it on, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below step 2)

    4. To Turn Off Internet Time Synchronization

    A) On the right side under Date and time, move the Set time automatically slider to the left to turn it off, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below step 2)

    5. When finished, you can close PC settings if you like.







    OPTION TWO
    Turn On or Off Time Synchronization in Date and Time CP

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Date and Time icon, and close Control Panel.

    2. Click/tap on the Internet Time tab, and click/tap on the Change settings button. (see screenshot below)

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    3. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    4. Do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do.

    5. To Turn On Internet Time Synchronization
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Check the Synchronize with an Internet time server box, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshots below step 6)

    6. To Turn Off Internet Time Synchronization

    A) Uncheck the Synchronize with an Internet time server box, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshots below)

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    7. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 2)






    OPTION THREE
    Turn On or Off Time Synchronization using a REG File

    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

    2. To Turn On Internet Time Synchronization
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_On_Time_Synchronization.reg


    download


    3. To Turn Off Internet Time Synchronization

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_Off_Time_Synchronization.reg


    download


    4. Save the .reg file to your Desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




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    Brink, some folks need more time syncs to keep the clock as accurate as possible. Amateur astronomers for instance need at least 1/10 sec accuracy to catch a fast moving object. Here is tutorial on how to do that:

    Setting Internet Time Synchonize on WIN 7 and additional note on WIN 8.1

    Hints and Gotchas for the instructions on the following web site:

    Web Instructions: Make Windows synchronize time more often
    Titled: Make Windows synchronize time more often - Tested on WIN 7
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------

    Setting Internet Time Synchonize on WIN 7/8/8.1

    The web instructions work, but it is a bit tricky.

    First and Foremost - Be careful about clicking OK. The entire Create Task
    procedure is one window with several tabs. You are going to use almost all
    tabs. If you click OK at the bottom of the Create Task window too soon you
    will create an unfinished Task. I have never found a task edit so I've had
    to Delete the task and start over more than once!

    That said, there are sub windows when you need to click OK. Just be sure
    you have edited each tab and perhaps gone back and reviewed them before
    the final OK at the bottom of the window.

    On the General Tab:

    To get account LOCAL SERVICE Click Change, search for LOCAL SERVICE, and
    accept what you get. It will have extra words, but they will vanish later.
    Select WIN 7, WIN Server 2008 as the OS no matter if you are on WIN 7/8/8.1.
    Do not select WIN 8.1 as some config options won't be available later.

    On the Actions Tab: Exact spelling is critical, I cut and pasted
    %windir%\system32\sc.exe, start w32time task_started, and %windir%\system32\w32tm.exe
    from the browser text. If you type them in, you will want to proofread
    before the final OK.

    Remaining Tabs are easy. When you have checked all tabs for typos then hit
    the OK on the bottom.
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------


    Used for Win 7 (2011?), WIN 8 (Oct 2012), and WIN 8.1 (Nov 2013)

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