Synchronize Windows 10 Clock with an Internet Time Server

Synchronize Windows 10 Clock with an Internet Time Server: If you have set the Clock in Windows 10 to automatically set time then you may be aware that the current time is synchronized with an Internet Time Server in order to update time. This means that the clock on your PC’s Taskbar or Windows Settings is updated at regular intervals to match the time on the time server which ensures that your clock has accurate time. You need to be connected to the internet for time to automatically synchronize with an Internet time server without which the time won’t be updated.

Synchronize Windows 10 Clock with an Internet Time Server

Now Windows 10 uses the Network Time Protocol (NTP) to connect with the Internet time servers in order to synchronize Windows Clock. If the time in Windows Clock is not accurate then you could face network issues, corrupted files, and incorrect timestamps in documents & important files. With Windows 10 you could easily change the time servers or can even add a custom time server when necessary.

So now you know it’s important for your Windows to display the correct time in order to ensure proper functioning of your PC. Without which certain applications and Windows services will start experiencing issues. So without wasting any time let’s see How to Synchronize Windows 10 Clock with an Internet Time Server with the help of the below-listed tutorial.

How to Synchronize Windows 10 Clock with an Internet Time Server

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Synchronize Windows 10 Clock with an Internet Time Server in Internet Time Settings

1.Type control in Windows 10 Search then click on Control Panel from the search result.

Type control panel in the search

2.Now click on “Clock, Language, and Region” then click “Date and Time“.

Click Date and Time then Clock and Region

3.Under Date and Time window click “Change date and time“.

Click Change date and time

4.Switch to Internet Time then click on “Change settings“.

select Internet Time and then click on Change settings

5.Make sure to checkmark “Synchronize with an Internet time server” box, then select a time server from the Server drop-down and click Update Now.

Make sure Synchronize with an Internet time server is checked and select time.nist.gov

6.Click Ok then click Apply followed by OK again.

7.If the time is not updated then choose a different Internet time server and again click Update now.

Internet Time Settings click synchronize and then update now

8.Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 2: Synchronize Windows 10 Clock with an Internet Time Server in Command Prompt

1.Press Windows Key + X then select Command Prompt (Admin).

command prompt admin

2.Type the following command into cmd and hit Enter:

w32tm /resync
net time /domain

Synchronize Windows 10 Clock with an Internet Time Server in Command Prompt

3.If you get a The service has not been started. (0x80070426) error, then you need to start Windows Time service.

4.Type the following command to start Windows Time service then again try to synchronize Windows Clock:

net start w32time

net start w32time

5.Close Command Prompt and restart your PC.

Method 3: Change the Internet Time Synchronization Update Interval

1.Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

Run command regedit

2.Navigate to the following registry key:

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\TimeProviders\NtpClient

3.Select NtpcClient then in right window pane double-click on SpecialPollInterval to change its value.

Select NtpClient then in the right window pane double-click on SpecialPollInterval key

4.Now select Decimal from the Base then in the Value date change the value to 86400.

Now select Decimal from the Base then change the Value date of SpecialPollInterval to 86400

Note: 86400 seconds (60 seconds X 60 minutes X 24 hours X 1 day) which means that the time will be updated every day. The default time is every 604800 seconds (7 days). Just make sure not use the time interval less than 14400 seconds (4 hours) as your computer’s IP will get banned from the time server.

5.Click Ok then close Registry Editor.

6.Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 4: Add a new Internet time server on Windows 10

1.Type control in Windows 10 Search then click on Control Panel from the search result.

Type control panel in the search

2.Now click on “Clock, Language, and Region” then click “Date and Time“.

Click Date and Time then Clock and Region

3.Under Date and Time window click “Change date and time“.

Click Change date and time

4.Switch to Internet Time then click on “Change settings“.

select Internet Time and then click on Change settings

5. Checkmark the “Synchronize with an Internet time server” box then under Server type the address of the time server and click Update Now.

Make sure Synchronize with an Internet time server is checked and select time.nist.gov

Note: Refer here for a list of the Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP) time servers that are available on the Internet.

6.Click Ok then click Apply followed by OK again.

7.Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 5: Add a new Internet time server on Windows 10 using Registry

1.Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

Run command regedit

2.Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DateTime\Servers

3.Right-click on Servers then select New > String Value.

Right-click on Servers then select New and click String value

4.Type a number according to the position of the new server, for example, if there are already 2 entries then you have to name this new string as 3.

5.Now double-click on this newly created String Value to change its value.

6.Next, type the address of the time server then click OK. For example, if you want to use Google Public NTP server then enter time.google.com.

Double-click this newly created key then type tick.usno.navy.mil in the value data field and click OK

Note: Refer here for a list of the Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP) time servers that are available on the Internet.

7.Restart your PC to save changes.

If you’re still facing in synchronizing Windows 10 Clock then fix them using the below-listed steps:

Note: This will remove all your custom servers from Registry.

1.Press Windows Key + X then select Command Prompt (Admin).

command prompt with admin rights

2.Type the following command into cmd and hit Enter:

net stop w32time
w32tm /unregister
w32tm /register
net start w32time
w32tm /resync /nowait

Fix Corrupted Windows Time service

3.Restart your PC to save changes.

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That’s it you have successfully learned How to Synchronize Windows 10 Clock with an Internet Time Server but if you still have any queries regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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