Windows Time Issues

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Sometimes, to resolve networking issues, you will notice that Windows Time can play a significant role and is usually overlooked. Follow these steps to get a computer to get back on the correct time.

To Resolve:

  1. Run => timedate.cpl => Find the name of the time server in the Internet Time => Change Settings tab.

  2. Try to ping the name of the time server.

  3. If it doesn’t work, run => cmd =>

    net stop w32time
    w32tm /unregister
    w32tm /register
    net start w32time
  4. If you get “Access Denied” messages anywhere in there, just try going back to timedate.cpl and changing the servers to one of these:
  5. For me, the issue was resolved on the last step. After changing the time server, it worked right away!

  6. Update 2018-02: The PDC should configure time like:

       w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:',,' /syncfromflags:manual /reliable:yes /update  
       net stop w32time && net start w32time  
       w32tm /resync /rediscover  
       w32tm /query /status
    • All other domain computers should be:

      w32tm /config /syncfromflags:domhier /update  
      w32tm /resync /rediscover  
      net stop w32time && net start w32time
  7. But I wanted to include a little more info here.

    • First, make sure port 123 UDP is open for the server.

    • Second, if you run w32tm /monitor it should say NTP -0 in a domain environment.