Restore Windows Time service to default settings

To execute this procedure we need to stop Windows time service
Run from command Prompt.

C:\>net stop w32time The Windows Time service is stopping. The Windows Time service was stopped successfully.

To reset all the settings to default run from command prompt

c:\>w32tm /unregister C:\>w32tm /register W32Time successfully registered. 

Restart the windows time service

C:\>net start w32time The Windows Time service is starting. The Windows Time service was started successfully.

The commands executed before will change the registry keys under


You can read about the registry keys for the time service here

and also can see the current settings running in command prompt: w32tm /dumpreg

C:\>w32tm /dumpreg
Value Name         Value Type          Value Data
Description        REG_SZ              Maintains date and time synchronization on all clients 
 and servers in the network. If this service is stopped, 
 date and time synchronization will be unavailable. If 
 this service is disabled, any services that explicitly 
 depend on it will fail to start.
DisplayName        REG_SZ              Windows Time
ErrorControl       REG_DWORD           1
FailureActions     REG_BINARY          05000000000000000000000002000000640020000
Group              REG_SZ
ImagePath          REG_EXPAND_SZ       %SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
Objectname         REG_SZ              NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Start              REG_DWORD           2
Type               REG_DWORD           32

Hope that this information can be useful, feel free to rate and comment.


About rodvars
Been working in IT Services/Consulting for the past 15 years. My main areas of work are planning, development, managing and administration System infrastructures focusing on optimizing user processes, enforcing business security, performance enhancements, high availabilty and infrastucture scalability.

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