Dominating nearly 80% of the market, Windows is the world’s most widely used operating system, and for good reason. Windows contains many services and utilities that make it very useful for all types of users.
But not always everything works as it should. Today we will talk about time synchronization, and how to disable or disable time synchronization in Windows.
What is time synchronization?
Windows comes with a system that synchronize computer time with an online server from time to time. This time can be configured, but is normally synchronized every 7 days.
This is done in the background, without you having to do anything. This is possible, since time synchronization is a service. But like all services, it can crash, and sometimes you want to enter the time manually, but you find yourself frustrated because the time is incorrectly synchronized again.
If this is your case, we recommend that you fix the time synchronization, or use another service. But if all else fails, you can disable it and hope for the best. In this article we show you how to do the 3 things.
Please note that when disabling time synchronization, the time problem is not solved, and you will have to set the time manually every time you restart the computer. For that we recommend several services, keep reading.
How to fix time synchronization
If you already know that it has no solution and you just want to deactivate it, you can skip to the last section, where we teach you how to deactivate it. There are many reasons why the time service may stop working properly, and most have to do with the Windows registry.
Luckily, there are free programs that will take care of fixing these errors for you. We recommend that you look for one that works for you, but if you cannot find one, in this article we recommend you Atomic Clock Sync
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This program is very lightweight, and it is free. It is not in Spanish, but it is not necessary either, since you only have to navigate to the tab “Repair Service” and click on each button in order until you reach the end.
If that fails, you can manually sync using the program, navigating to the “Synchronization Interval” tab and pressing “Sync Now”. In that tab you can also change the frequency with which the time is updated in Windows.
We recommend this program to repair the Windows time service, but the program itself doesn’t do much to sync the time if that fails. If you need a service that always runs, keep reading.
Other services you can use
If the above mentioned program does not work for you, you can use this program, which runs as a service. NetTime is a lightweight program that runs in the background as a service, just like Windows. You can use it to replace the Windows service if it is failing.
It’s easy to put it to work. Simply go to the official site, look for the “Download” section and click on the link that is higher. Run the downloaded file and follow the instructions in the installer.
Select “Next” in all the windows, without unchecking or changing anything, and when you finish, check the Windows clock, most likely the time is already set correctly, and it stays that way.
How to disable time synchronization
Deactivating time synchronization in Windows actually quite easy and simple, we describe it in 5 steps that you must follow:
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- Click on the clock on the taskbar. It is usually down and to the right.
- Click on the tab “Internet time” and go to “Change settings”
- You will see the option “Synchronize with a time server over the internet”. Prove it.
- Click on “OK” to save your settings.
- In this tab you can set the time manually and configure other aspects of the clock. For example, you can make the clock show you the seconds and change the format (24 or 12 hours). When you’re done here, press “OK” to save the settings.
We recommend that you review tutorials on the Windows registry, or on Windows services. It is always good to learn more!
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