How to Synchronize Clock with an Internet Time Server in Windows 10
InformationYour PC's clock is used to record the time whenever you create or modify files on your PC. You can change the clock's time and time zone.
You can synchronize your PC's clock with an Internet time server. This means that the clock on your PC is updated to match the clock on the time server, which can help ensure that the clock's time on your PC is accurate. Your clock is typically automatically updated once a week and needs to be connected to the Internet for the synchronization to occur.
This tutorial will show you how to synchronize your PC's clock with an Internet time server for all users in Windows 10.
You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to synchronize the PC's clock.
- Option One: To Synchronize Clock with an Internet Time Server in Internet Time Settings
- Option Two: To Synchronize Clock with an Internet Time Server in Command Prompt
OPTION ONETo Synchronize Clock with an Internet Time Server in Internet Time Settings
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Date and Time icon.
2. Click/tap on the Internet Time tab, and click/tap on the Change settings button. (see screenshot below)
NoteThis will also show you the date and time of when your clock was last successfully synchronized with the name of the Internet server used.
If your PC is on a domain, then you will not have an Internet Time tab. See the note box at the top of the tutorial.
3. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.
4. Check the Synchronize with an Internet time server box, select a time server, and click/tap on Update now. (see screenshot below)
NoteIf you like, you can type a name of an Internet time server from the list at the Microsoft link below to use instead.
A list of the Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP) time servers that are available on the Internet
5. If an error occurred, then click/tap on Update now again to see if it may successfully synchronize now. (see screenshot below)
6. When the clock is successfully synchronized, click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 4)
7. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 2)
OPTION TWOTo Synchronize Clock with an Internet Time Server in Command Prompt
1. Open an elevated command prompt.
2. In the elevated command prompt, type the command below depending on if you are on a domain or not, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
(Use if not joined to domain)
(Use if joined to domain)
net time /domain
NoteIf you get a The service has not been started. (0x80070426) error, then it means that you need to start the Windows Time service, wait a minute, and try again.
If you get a The computer did not resync because no time data was available error, then you should be able to try again until successful.
3. When finished, you can close the elevated command prompt if you like.
- How to Change the Time in Windows 10
- How to Change the Date in Windows 10
- How to Change the Time Zone in Windows 10
- How to Change Taskbar Clock to 12 hour or 24 hour Format in Windows 10
- How to Hide or Show Seconds on Taskbar Clock in Windows 10
Does not work! There is no "Internet Time" tab on my system (only "Date and Time" and "Additional Clock", but no "Internet Time" as shown above). Does one need to enable that somewhere? How?