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I am hoping that someone can help because I have a problem that is preventing me from logging into my server running 2012 r2. After booting into my Linux install (which is on another disk) the clock on my Windows install got set forward about 20 hours. Because of that certain security software that I have installed won't let me log in. I've tried changing the date/time from the BIOS as well as from command prompt and whenever I boot up windows in normal mode the clock keeps getting set in the future. This would be a simple fix if I could boot up into Safe mode but I get the kmode exception_not handled error. All the solutions I've found to fixing that error say to boot into safe mode but I only get that error when trying to boot into safe mode. I can boot up normally just fine. I just can't login.

I tried a repair but I am not familiar with the process in 8.1/2012. There isn't a repair option in the installation disk. I tried the steps here Your PC needs to be repaired: Fix for Windows 8, 8.1 but got an error that no OS was found. I've found plenty on a repair install but you have to be in windows to do that.

As for the clock issue I've had this issue before however in the past all I've had to do is change the date/time in the bios and then get into Windows. However that isn't working this time. Windows is resetting the clock. Any idea why and how to stop that? I tried changing the CMOS battery but that didn't fix it. The battery shouldn't be the problem since this system isn't even a year and a half old. I checked the date/time in Linux and that was right. Changing it in the bios or command line doesn't stay. I'm stuck. I don't want to do a clean install. Is there anything else I can do? How can I fix it so I can boot into safe mode or fix the time clock issue? My specs are listed under my computers.
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 2012 R2 Data center/Linux Mint
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Poweredge T140
    i3 9100 3.6GHz, 8M cache, 4C/4T
    8GB 2666MT/s DDR4 ECC UDIMM
    Screen Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1 TB & 360 GB x2
    FF 78 ESR
    Other Info
    Primary computer:
    HP Pavillion Elite HPE-250f
    Windows 8.1 Industry Pro
    Intel i7 860 Quad core 2.8 ghz
    8 GB of memory
    1 tb HDD.
    ATI Radeon HD 5770 1 gb ram
    Displays: 1920x1080 &1680x1050

    More info on the server: https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/productdetailstxn/poweredge-t140?~ck=bt


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Boy! When you have a problem, you really have a GOOD one!
When you boot up, I can only assume that you're booting up to Windows.. Eh?
I had a problem that popped up in my own PC, running Windows 8.1 where my clock kept going back to California time. I live in FL.
Windows had lost all its time zones except Pacific time. Arggg!
I posted about that here on the forum and I was given a little reg script that restored all my Time Zones. Then all I had to do was set the Eastern Time Zone as my default, and my problem was solved. Thank you Brink!
There are programs that won't run right if your real time clock is set incorrectly. You might say, that I learned that the Hard Way. lol

I've love to take a look at your PC, but since you don't say where you are besides the USA, that's probably not possible.
And, you've not been back to this thread since July. So all I can say for now, is "Good Luck".

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    AMD 8 Core
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Pac-Man Case
    HP Professional
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

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