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

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    jee1804... Have tried all this stuff none of it helps my condition .. I get error after the "update now " step saying the process timed out .. what is my problem ... ?// TNX John
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    Hello John, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    See if this tutorial may help for using time synchronization. You may need to try a different time server to see if it may work instead.

    Internet Time Synchronization

    If not, then please post a screenshot showing what you see.
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    time sync problem


    I think I have tried all the suggestions .. firewall battery windows time sevice on cmd w32time.exe I still get the error message after ,,,, internet time/change settings/ updatenow sometimes .. most times I get a note that the time has been updated as of the present windows tiome .. but I t hasn't because I set the time wrong and it is still wrong .. . I never had a problem with this before .. what has changed and what can I do to fix it .. firewall has the 123 port open thanks for you rinterest ,,, john

    I have win 7 on another drive and the problem is the same ..
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    Is the time set correctly in Windows and BIOS?
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    w 8.1 time will not sync with the internet ..


    in your example from setting win 8 time and language/date and time ... clicking on change does not work .. similarly if I approach from the desk top clock // change date and time / internet time / change settings /update now ... yields error ... time out for all the available sites /servers... sometimes it will say below the error message that the time has been synchronized as of the current desk top clock reading but I know it hasn't because it is 5 minutes differwent than the wall .. could there be another program on board that could be interfering with this activity .. im have mcafee and have searched it for an avenue or a block .. the 123 port is available .. I have tried all the suggestions from the seven forum , toms , this forum and a few other sources .. I must be the only machine in the universe with this problem .. would love some help . thanks a bunch ... John
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    John,

    Have you already checked to see if your BIOS/UEFI time is also correct?

    What happens when you click on "Change Date and Time" in step 4 of Option Two below, to manually set the correct time to see if it may sync afterwards?

    Date and Time - Change in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    time sync prob ..


    In answer to your Q I csn change the time ok and in the bios and they are the same no matter which one I do the changing with .. Does this tell us that internally we are OK? some more info .. I have 2 installs of win 7 also on the machine and they perform identically .. no facility to sync.. I intentionally leave the time 5 min wrong so I can detect when and if it does sync ..

    I am using a sb 9600 surfboard usb/wireless router modem on broadband cable and all my needs for internet service are satisfied ... except the sync poop .. I will look into it and see if there is an ability to block port 123 ..
    In my mind the evidence says that the problem is at the door to my computer ,, not inside it ..
    w23time.exe .. what if that was corrupted // but each of my 3 win installs have separate w32time.exe 's sop that is unlikey the cause of the problem .. I have not found anymother control panel function problems .. the time thing seems to be a single ill .. thasnks a gain john
    I checked the Motorola and I think I specifically openrd the 123 port , but , not sure if I did it correctly .. at any rate the there was no improvement in the sync behavior ..
    I there was problemin the registry it would have to be duplicated in all three systemjs individual software wouldn't it ?? tnx J
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    When the time is off by much, it could cause the time synchronization to fail a few times before it finally does sync. That's the main reason why to manually make the time correct to see if it syncs properly afterwards.

    Since you have McAfee, then you might uninstall it as a test to see how the time sync works afterwards. McAfee has been known to sometimes cause issues.

    How to uninstall or reinstall supported McAfee products using the Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR)
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