How to add or change Time Server in Windows 10

Internet Server Time is used to keep your system clock accurate and thus it is very important to keep your internet time updated. Your Windows PC uses the clock to update and modify your files. While the Date & Time settings for Windows 10i are pretty easy to access, to access the Timer Server settings, one has to go through the control panel. In this post, we see how to change Time Server in Windows 10. We will also see how to add new Time Servers of your choice to your Windows 10 system.

Change Time Server in Windows 10

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Type “Control Panel” in Start search and hit Enter to open the Control Panel of your Windows 10 PC.

Type “Date and Time” in the search box and click on the result.

Click on the ‘Internet Time’ tab and hit on the ‘Change Settings’ button.

From the drop-down menu, select, say, time.nist.gov as the Server and hit the ‘Update now’ button.

If you receive any error, try using pool.ntp.org as your time server and then hit the Update Now button.

Make sure you select the checkbox saying, Synchronize with an internet time server.

Add new Time servers to Windows 10

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If you want to add more time servers to the drop-down list, open Registry Editor and go to the below path-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/DateTime/Servers

This will show you the list of current servers available-time.windows.com

  • time-nist.gov
  • time-nw.nist.gov
  • time-a.nist.gov
  • time-b.nist.gov

If you wish to add Time Servers, you could use the following for instance, or any other one of your choice:

  • pool.ntp.org
  • isc.org

Just select the server you want to add, right-click anywhere on the right side and select New > String Value. Enter the next number and give the Time server’s address in the Value field.

Once done, go back to the Date and Time settings, select your server and click on Update Now button.

Force Windows to sync Time using CMD

You can also force Windows to sync Time using W32tm.exe. W32tm.exe is a command prompt line used to configure, monitor or troubleshoot the Windows Time Service in Windows 10 PC.

To do this, open an elevated command prompt and type the following commands one after the other:

net stop w32time

w32tm /unregister

w32tm /register

net start w32time

w32tm /resync

Reboot your computer and see if it has helped.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.