Ensure that the date, time and time zone on your computer are set correctly

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Ensure that the date, time and time zone on your computer are set correctly

Welcome! If you’re not sure if the date, time, or time zone on your computer is set up properly, we’ll fix you up in no time. Continue on for instructions on how to check each of these settings.

Before you start:

You might want to print or save a copy of these instructions, as this page may not remain visible as while you go through the following suggested steps.

You will also need to know the version of Microsoft Windows installed on your computer. You can find this information by following the instructions given in the online help article How do I determine the version of Windows I have.

To ensure that the date, time and time zone on your computer are set correctly, choose your operating system from the links below and follow the corresponding directions: 


 Correct the date and time settings in Windows 7/Vista

1. Right-click the clock in the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Adjust date/time.

2. Click Change date and time.

Note: If you are using Windows Vista, Click Continue.

3. Select the correct date time.

4. Click OK.

5. In the Date and Time window, click Change time zone.

6. Click the Time zone drop-down menu, and then choose the correct time zone.

7. Click OK.

8. Click OK to close the Date and Time window.

9. Click Start and then click Control Panel.

10. Click the Clock, Language, and Region icon.

Note: If you are not using the Category view, click the Region and Language link, and then skip to step 12.

11. Click the Region and Language or Regional and Language Options icon.

12. Click the Format drop-down menu, and then click English (United States).

13. Click OK.

14. Close the Control Panel window.

Correct the date and time settings in Windows XP

1. Right-click the clock in the lower-right corner of the screen and click Adjust Date/Time.

2. Select the correct date and time.

3. Click the Time Zone tab.

4. Click the drop-down menu, and then choose the correct time zone.

5. Click OK.

6. Click Start and then click Control Panel.

7. Click the Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options icon.

Note: If you are not using the Category view, click the Region and Language Options link, and then skip to step 9.

8. Click the Regional and Language Options icon.

9. In the Standards and format section, click the drop-down menu, and then choose English (United States) from the list.

10. Click OK.

11. Close the Control Panel window.

Correct the date and time settings in Windows 2000/Me/98

1. Right-click the clock in the lower-right corner of the screen and then click Adjust Date/Time.

2. Select the correct date and time.

3. Click the Time Zone tab.

4. Click the drop-down menu, and then choose the correct time zone.

5. Click OK.

6. Click Start, select Settings, and then click Control Panel.

7. Click the Regional Options icon.

8. Click the Your locale (location) drop-down menu and choose English (United States).

9. Click OK.

10. Close the Control Panel window.

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Last updated: 06-10-2014
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