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Solved Brand New Computer Stuck in Wrong Time Zone


Daddyman

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#1
Shortly after I pressed the Power button for the first time on my brand new Windows 8 laptop, I was brought to the screen where I set my time zone. I changed the default - Pacific Time - to my time zone - Eastern Time - and continued setting up my computer. Not long after, I realized that the time shown on my computer was wrong, and when I checked I discovered that the time zone had reverted to Pacific Time.

The problem is: I cannot change the time zone! (Yes, I am an Administrator.) Whether I do it from the Start Screen or the desktop, the time zone always reverts to Pacific Time. I even tried running tzutil from an elevated command prompt - the time zone will not change.

How can I change the time zone to Eastern Time?

(P.S. I have plain Windows 8, not the Pro version.)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8

FuturDreamz

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#2

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Asus Tansformer Book Flip TP500LN
    CPU
    Intel i5-4210U
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce GT 840M
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" Touchscreen
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    1TB Hybrid
    Mouse
    Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000

brummyfan

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#3
Hi, welcome to the forums, go to Control panel, clock, language and region, Date and Time, switch to another Region click OK, reboot, then switch back to Eastern Time zone and see whether it fixes the problem.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer Aspire E1-571
    CPU
    i5-3230m
    Motherboard
    Acer Type-2
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 1333MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4000
    Sound Card
    High Definiton Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 850 Pro 256GB
    PSU
    Generic
    Keyboard
    QWERTY
    Mouse
    ELANTECH Touchpad
    Internet Speed
    12.68Mbps
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

Daddyman

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#4
Thanks to both of you. This is a brand new computer, so it shouldn't need to be examined by the System File Checker. In Control Panel > Date and Time there is no selection for Region. The Region and Language control panel deals with how dates, times, numbers, etc. are formatted.

In the end, I had to boot the computer into Safe Mode and from there I was able to switch to the Eastern time zone. So far this is holding.

I've read in other places that Windows 8 seems to be 'stuck' in Pacific time, but it doesn't happen everywhere.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8