Time and Language Sync Clock Time with Internet Time Server in Windows 11

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Time is a measure in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future, and also the measure of durations of events and the intervals between them.

Your PC's system clock is used to record the time whenever you create or modify files on your PC.

You can synchronize the Windows system clock with an Internet time server to match the time on the time server. This will help ensure the clock's time on your PC is accurate.

Your clock is typically automatically synced once a week and needs to be connected to the Internet for the synchronization to occur.

This tutorial will show you how to manually synchronize the clock time with an Internet time server for all users in Windows 11.


You must be signed in as an administrator to synchronize the system clock time.



Contents

  • Option One: Sync Clock with Internet Time Server in Settings
  • Option Two: Sync Clock with Internet Time Server in Control Panel
  • Option Three: Sync Clock with Internet Time Server using Command





OPTION ONE

Change Time in Settings


If your PC is joined to a domain, you will not be able to use this option to sync the clock time.


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Time & language on the left side, and click/tap on Date & time on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on the Sync now button under Additional settings on the right side. (see screenshot below)

You will see the last successful time synchronization and time server used under Sync now in Additional settings.


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4 You will see a checkmark indicating the time has been successfully synced. (see screenshot below)

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5 You can now close Settings if you like.





OPTION TWO

Sync Clock with Internet Time Server in Control Panel


If your PC is joined to a domain, you will not be able to use this option to sync the clock time.


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Date and Time icon.

2 You can close the Control Panel if you like.

3 Click/tap on the Internet Time tab, and click/tap on the Change settings button. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on the Update now button. (see screenshot below)

It is required to have the Synchronize with an Internet time server box checked to Update now.

If you like, you can select or type the name of an Internet time server to use to sync with instead.

If an error occurred, click/tap on Update now again to see if it may successfully synchronize.


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5 Click/tap on OK when the clock has been successfully synced. (see screenshot below)

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6 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION THREE

Sync Clock with Internet Time Server using Command


1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste the command below you want to use into the elevated terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

(Use if not joined to domain)​
w32tm /resync

OR​

(Use if joined to domain)​
net time /domain

If you get a The service has not been started. (0x80070426) error, then it means that you need to start the Windows Time service using the net start w32time command, 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 You can close Windows Terminal if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


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