Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Synchronize/Update your System Time & Date Automatically

  • Does your Computer clock loses time although you keep fixing it?
  • Does your System shows you incorrect Time & Date every-time you log in to your System ?
  • Do you use an old system with drained CMOS Battery?
  • Do you keep travelling within different time zones and want a solution for Automatic Time Sync for your system, every-time you change your time zone?

If your Answer to any of the above questions is "YES", then I have a solution for you.


Before we get into the solution , firstly lets see the possible causes for why the computer system loses its time:

1. CMOS Battery

This is the most common problem if your computer is not Brand New.
Typical CMOS Battery
CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) is the term usually used to describe the small amount of memory on a computer motherboard that stores the BIOS settings. The CMOS is usually powered by a CR2032 cell battery (or CMOS battery). Most CMOS batteries will last the lifetime of a motherboard (up to 10 years in most cases) but will sometimes need to be replaced. Incorrect or slow system date and time and loss of BIOS settings are major signs of a dead or dying CMOS battery.

CMOS Battery on a motherboard
Replacing the CMOS Battery of your system might solve your problem. CMOS Batteries are very cheap and easily available on any Computer Hardware shop.

2. Time Zone

Your computer may have been set to an incorrect time zone and every time you fix the time, it resets itself to that time zone when you reboot. If the minutes are correct and only the hour is incorrect, then this might probably be the issue you’re dealing with.
Check your systems time zone setting and try updating it. This might solve your problem.

3. Malware

This is the least pleasant and the most difficult to manage scenario.

Your computer system might be under an attack of a malware, which manipulates your systems time and date settings. Try scanning your system with an updated version of Antivirus or Anti-malware software.


Network Time Synchronization Tool

NetTime is a Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP) client for Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7/8 and Server 2003/2008/2012. (32 bit and 64 bit operating systems are both supported)

If you're looking for a program to keep your system time accurate, then you can totally rely on this software.

Important Links:
NetTime (Main Window)
The Main Features of NetTime are:
  • Free
  • Open Source
  • Small
  • Easy to Install and Use
  • Unobtrusive
  • And the most importantly: Reliable
There are various Configuration Options available with this software, such as
  • Set/configuer Time Servers (Hostname/IP Address/Protocol/Port Number)
  • Change Time Update Interval
  • Demote Servers after failures
  • Allow other computers to sync from your computer
  • Start NetTime service at bootup, etc.
NetTime (Settings Window)
All the NetTime options and other details are provided on the NetTime Official website. This software is a must who want to keep their computer's time and date accurate. All you need is an internet connection for the syncronization purpose and rest of all is handled by this software. 

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