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It appears that installing Windows 8 on top of XP doesn't give you the option to choose the locale and other settings -- I've got the right keyboard layout restored, and can change the system locale to be for the UK, but the system doesn't let me now change the time zone -- choosing the option to try to do it in the control panel, gives me the following error:

Date and Time

Unable to continue

You do not have permission to perform this task. Please contact your computer administrator for help.


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this was happening to me even in Windows Server 2012 so if you don't mind I will tweak the question to remove all references to Windows8 – knocte Jun 7 at 3:33
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Looks like "for whatever reason" my installation didn't grant anyone, nor any group the privilege to change the time zone -- I had to:

  1. Go to the desktop
  2. Open the charms bar (Win+c, float mouse to bottom right or swipe from the right)
  3. Choose Control Panel
  4. Switch to icon view
  5. Go to Administrative Tools folder
  6. Run Local Security Policy
  7. Double click on "Change time zone" permission
  8. Add local administrators group.
  9. Reboot...
  10. Change timezone "in the normal fashion"
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in WindowsServer2012, there would be a missing step between 6 and 7, which is: Local Policies -> User Rights Assignment -> [step7] – knocte Jun 7 at 3:26

To change the time zone currently being used please follow these steps:

1.From the Start page click on “Settings” and then click on “More PC Settings”:

2.Next go to “General” and select the new time zone from the drop-down list.

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Well, the setting appears to be there, but it doesn't seem to stick, and my machine keeps defaulting back to Pacific Time (and as such didn't take into account the DST change last night) – Rowland Shaw Mar 25 '12 at 12:00
@RowlandShaw No idea abt that. – HackToHell Mar 25 '12 at 12:36

Several people seem to have a problem with Windows 8 Consumer Preview and the time settings - including me. (It helps to know you are not alone!)

I fixed mine, but I wasn't paying full attention to the exact steps. I just remember going back to my Control Panel, Date and Time AGAIN, and the second or third time it took, set, worked, and hasn't given me anymore trouble.

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