Time in Windows: installation, update and synchronization, display settings (date, clock, etc.)

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On the one hand, setting the time is an extremely simple operation, just click the mouse in the tray ... (and the whole business). On the other hand, sometimes nuances "pop up" ... 😢

For example, for some, synchronization stubbornly and in no way wants to work correctly (especially on old OS) and because of this, the time is constantly reset. Of course, this not only confuses (when we pay attention to the tray and time), but can also cause various errors (when using antiviruses, Google, Yandex services, etc.).

In general, in this note I have collected several typical questions on setting the time (which I periodically received both in the mail and in the comments, and so on ...) and put them together in a small note. I think this should be enough to solve all the "typical problems" ... 👌


Time setting

How to set and change the time in Windows

Method 1

Perhaps the most obvious and simple way to do this (in any version of Windows) is to right-click (RMB) on the displayed time in the lower right corner of the screen (👇), and in the menu that appears, select "Setting date and time" .

Setting the date and time (Windows 10)

After removing the sliders from automatic time and time zone detection and set them manually (This is especially useful if the computer is not constantly connected to the Internet).

Current date and time - Windows 10

Clarification of time


Method 2

This is a universal way! First you need to click on the combinationWin + R (the Run window will appear) and use the commandtimedate.cpl... See example below. 👇

timedate.cpl - time setting

The window for setting the date and time should open - click on the button "Change ..." ... Then update the data you need ...

Change date and time


Method 3

If you cannot change the time in Windows (or it has not yet been installed even 😉), this can also be done through the BIOS settings (UEFI).

👉 To help!

How to enter BIOS (UEFI) on a computer or laptop [instruction]


As a rule, it is enough to click on the time icon on the main (on the first) UEFI screen and set the value that you need (I usually always set it to +10 minutes before, so as not to be late 👌).

BIOS (UEFI) - Change Time

Now time will rush by 10 minutes.


How to set up sync (or turn it off altogether)

And so, first you need to use the combinationWin + R, and out the window "Run" enter commandtimedate.cpl, press Enter.

Next, check your time zone (and clarify it if it is not set correctly).

Change timezone

Then go to the tab "Time on the Internet" and open the window for changing settings.

Internet time - change

Next, check the box "Synchronize with an Internet time server" , specify the server and click OK (of course, if the synchronization does not work correctly for you, then it is better to uncheck this box ... 👌).


There is another universal way to turn off sync

To do this, you need to open service (combination Win + R , and the command services.msc (👇)).

Opening services - services.msc (universal method)

In the list of services you need to find "Windows Time Service" and open it.

Windows Time Service

After transferring its startup type to the mode "disabled" and stop it working. After that time synchronization will not be performed on the PC! 👌



How to change the display: only hours and minutes, or days of the week with a date

In Windows, you can represent the time display in a slightly different way: with the date, with the days of the week, etc. (see the screen below, I made 3 different options special).

By the way, the recommendations below are relevant for Windows 10 ...

How to display the time in the tray

To customize the display:

  1. first you need to press Win + R (to call "execute"), and use the command intl.cpl ;

    intl.cpl - setting date, time (time zone)

  2. further open add. parameters , and in the section "Date" and "Time" change the format to the one you need (you can read in more detail here).

How to change the date (time) display

Yes, by the way, in order for Windows 10 to display not only the time (but also the days of the week, date), you need to go to the OS settings (Win + i) and in the section "Personalization / Taskbar"disable the use of small buttons on the taskbar (this thing is on on some laptops automatically). 👇

Use small taskbar buttons


What to do if the time is reset (flies)

Reason 1

The most common reason for resetting the time is a dead battery on the computer motherboard (on average, one good battery lasts about 5-7 years). What is typical in this case: time flies after turning off / restarting the PC (in the process of work - everything should be fine ...).

What does the battery look like on the mat. board

You can buy a new battery at almost any computer store (and even order in China 👇).

👉 To help!

Chinese online stores in Russian (where the cheapest products are)


Reason 2

Incorrectly installed Timezone ... Because of this, Windows automatically sets the incorrect time for any updates.

If auto-mode incorrectly detects your belt - set it manually (for Windows 10: keyboard shortcutWin + i -->Time and language -->date and time -->Time zone 👇) .

Time Zone - Windows 10

Another option: a combination Win + R -> command timedate.cpl

Change timezone


Reason 3

The case may also be in incorrect work synchronization (for example, due to some kind of system failures of the OS, or an incorrectly set time zone, or, for example, due to the use of an outdated version of Windows (from folk "craftsmen")).

To fix a similar problem: check the time zone and change the server to update. If it does not help - disable synchronization and set the time manually (how to do this - see a little higher in the article 👆).


Of course, additions on the topic are welcome!

All the best!


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