Specifying a Time Server for Windows to Use

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 25, 2015)

Most Windows computers are hooked up to the Internet in some manner these days. If your computer is among this majority, you can instruct Windows to check periodically with online time servers to adjust the system clock on your computer. Here's how you specify which time server to use:

  1. Click once on the date and time in the Notifications area at the right side of the Taskbar. Windows displays a calendar and clock.
  2. Click the Change Date and Time Settings link. Windows displays the Date and Time dialog box.
  3. Make sure the Internet Time tab is displayed.
  4. Click Change Settings. Windows displays the Internet Time Settings dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Internet Time Settings dialog box.

  6. Make sure the Synchronize with an Internet Time Server check box is selected.
  7. Use the Server drop-down list to choose which server you want Windows to use. (There are five servers available.)
  8. Click OK to dismiss the Internet Time Settings dialog box.
  9. Click OK to close the Date and Time Settings dialog box.

There is no inherent benefit in using one time server over another. You may, however, have a personal preference for one over another or you may want to choose one that is located geographically closer to your computer.

 This tip (10797) applies to Windows 7 and 8.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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