Sunday, 27 March 2011

time.windows.com Fails to Sync

The time service has detected that the system time needs to be  changed by -2674795 seconds. The time service will not change the system time by more than 54000 seconds. Verify that your time and time zone are correct, and that the time source time.windows.com,0x9 (ntp.m|0x9|0.0.0.0:123->207.46.232.182:123) is working properly.
The event log has the above event, now I did not know about this, but from Windows Vista onwards, (firewall permitting) it's trivial to get your computer to sync time from the web. It'sbeen a linux feature for ages, and that would be obvious to all gnu-linux users, but what was nice to learn, is that it's actually turned on by default (At least in win-7). I thought it was not, because it was not working for me. And the above event which you can see if you open windows event viewer, and look at the system log.
Event logging was reasier in windows 2000/XP, the new viewer is just daft, but to open it it's the same, just type "eventvwr" - without quotes, into the run box. Then open the Clock application, and click on the internet time tab, and click on change settings. The event viewer will normally update at this point, if not, go back to the internet time tab and the setting screen, and click the "update now" button. So long as you set your DST and zone corrrectly, you will always have the right time now.

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