How to change the time and date in Windows

  • August 23, 2012
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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. How to change the date and time in Windows


If Windows is configured with the wrong time and date, lots of strange and unpredictable behavior can occur. For example, browsers will state that web site certificates are invalid, Windows Update may not work properly, or you may receive alerts that Windows needs to activate again. There are typically two reasons for Windows showing the wrong time and date. The first is because you have the time zone set incorrectly and the second reason is because your BIOS battery in your computer has failed and the current time is not being saved when you shut off the computer.

Regardless of the reason, it is important for the proper operation of Windows that it is set to the correct time. This tutorial will walk you through changing the date and time in Windows.


How to change the date and time in Windows

To change the date and time in Windows, you need to be at the Windows Desktop. If you are in Windows 8, please go to the desktop before continuing with these instructions. Once at the desktop, double-click on the time that is displayed in your Windows taskbar. In Windows XP, once you click on the time, a small box will open up showing a calendar and the current time as shown in the image below. If you are using Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows Vista you then need to first double-click on the time and then click on the option labeled Change date and time settings.... in the Window that pops up.

You should now be at a screen similar to the ones below where you can change your date and time.


Windows XP Date and Time Properties Windows 7 Date and Time Properties
Windows XP Date and Time Properties

Windows 7, 8, and Vista Date and Time Properties


Simply change your date and time at the above screens and then click on the OK button. Once you click on the OK button, your changes will be saved and Windows will display the new time.

If after performing these steps, Windows still displays the wrong time, you should make sure your computer is using the correct time zone. In Windows XP you can simply go back into the Date and Time Properties control panel and click on the Time Zone tab. For Windows 7 and Windows 8, you can follow these steps:

How to change your time zone in Windows 8

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