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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.
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, 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:
Unlike previous version of Windows, when you install Windows 8 it does not prompt you to select the time zone that your computer resides in. Having the wrong time zone will not only affect what time is displayed, but it could also affect how certain programs operate or even cause errors when visiting web sites. Therefore, it is important that once you install Windows 8, you then go and configure ...
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When using Windows there may come a time where you will need to close a program or process that is not responding or that you are concerned is a computer infection. This tutorial will walk you through using the Windows Task Manager to close a program when you cannot close it normally.
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It is important to know how to properly shut down or restart your computer so that you do not lose data or corrupt important Windows files or Registry locations. Many people think that you shut down your computer simply by pressing the power button. On some configurations, this will work as Windows will recognize that you press the power button and shut it down gracefully. On the other hand, if ...