This guide will provide you with robust bullet-proof time synchronization in Windows 8 and Windows 7. Also, it will allow you to overcome some difficulties when using dual-boot with Linux.
Notice: you will need an administrative privileges to complete this setup.
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Select proper timezone
First of all you need to open the
Date and Time configuration window. You can do so by clicking on a time widget in your toolbar using right mouse button and select
Adjust date/time. Then you should click
Change time zone... button. Now make sure that your time zone is configured correctly. If not, select proper one from the drop down menu.
If you don't know your timezone in UTC standard, you can find it here. Just select your country and city in the left menu. Your timezone will be written under the current time: e.g.: Moscow Time (MSK) +0400 UTC
Now close the window by clicking
Open the tab called
Internet Time and hit
Change settings... button (you will need an administrator's privileges). Make sure that checkbox is ticked in the opened window.
Now we want to specify a valid NTP-server. This will allow your computer to automatically synchronize time from the remote server. I would recommend you to use the server from ntp.org. Just open the website, select your region from the right menu (e.g. Europe), select your country on the following page. Now you should see an address of the proper NTP server for your country in the header, e.g.: Russian Federation — ru.pool.ntp.org. Copy this address and paste it in the
Server text box of the
Internet Time Settings dialogue. Click
You can close the
Date and Time window now.
Updating time at boot
Next thing we should do is to setup
Task Scheduler to update our time during boot up process.
Control Panel. Find
Administrative Tools and open it. Now open
Task Scheduler from the list of administrative tools.
- Specify the name, e.g.: Synchronize Time
Run whether user is logged on or not
Run with highest privileges
- Make sure that the proper user is selected (it must have administrative privileges). You can change user by clicking
Change user or Group
At startup from the
Begin the task dropdown menu.
You can also create another triggers if you want. For example you can run this task every hour to make sure that you have a precise time
Fill the form according to this values:
Add arguments (optional):
/Run /I /TN "Microsoft\Windows\Time Synchronization\ForceSynchronizeTime"
We are using schtasks console util to run special Microsoft's task that comes with Windows called ForceSynchronizeTime which is used to forcibly update the date and time.
Start the task only if the computer is on AC power
Run task as soon as possible after a scheduled start is missed
If the task fails, restart every and select
1 minute, also specify
15 times for
Attempt to restart up to.
Stop the task if it runs longer than and specify
Enter the password for selected user when prompted.
Adjust your time manually so it become incorrect. Right click on the created task in the list of the tasks and click Run. If everything configured correctly your time will be updated from the selected NTP server.