Incorrect time on the computer

Original Title: Windows 8 has April fools trick baked in - shows time ahead by 1hr

 

So I log into my Windows 8 Pro computer today and am shocked to find the time is 1hr ahead of the actual time. What kind of April fool's trick has Microsoft programmed into Windows 8? I didn't touch the clock or make any changes since yesterday. My timezone is set to UTC -8 (Pacific) with Automatic adjustment for Daylight Savings Time checked. I surmised that the Microsoft developer working on the clock didn't get the memo about daylight saving time having been moved to second Sunday of Mar from first Sunday of April but even with the "first Sunday in April" logic the clock shouldn't have changed till 4/7. So I'm led to conclude this is a April fools trick someone has coded into the OS. My system is completely uptodate and has Office 2013 installed in addition to Windows 8 Pro and was purchased from the Microsoft Company Store.

 

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Last updated April 14, 2019 Views 9,856 Applies to:
Additional info - the clock is set to automatically synchronize with time-nw.nist.gov. Even after rebooting the time didn't synchronize correctly.

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Hi Rahul,

 


Welcome to the Microsoft Community.


 

I would like you to answer some question:


 

Did you make any changes to the computer prior to this issue?


 

If the computer is showing incorrect time, check if resetting the location for the time zone solves the issue.


 

You can follow the steps:


 

Step 1:

 

 


Stop the Windows Time service:


 

 

a) Press Windows and R key together to open run box.
b) Type “”services.msc” without quotes and hit Enter.
c) Locate Windows Time service and double click on the service.
d) Click on Stop to stop the service.
e) Restart the computer.
f) Navigate to the same location to start the service.


 

Step 2:


 

Sync the time zone again on the computer again:


 

a) Click on the time icon at the bottom left corner on the desktop screen.
b) Click on Change date and time settings.
c) Click on Change time zone.
d) Click on OK.
e) Restart the computer and check if you find the correct time on the computer.


 

Do let us know about the status of this issue.

 

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I had the same problem yesterday on my Surface Pro. I turned off the daylight savings auto adjustment, which corrected the time on the Surface itself (desktop & Metro), but a number of my apps (including Calendar) are still off. Any thoughts on this? 

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Windows Time Service was stopped by default. I set it to start automatically and rebooted, that didn't fix the time. I changed Timezone from Pacific (UTC-8) to Mountain (UTC-7) to Central (UTC-6) and back to Pacific but that didn't help. All times were 1hr ahead of actual.

When I manually tried Internet Time -> Change Settings  -> 'Update Now' it kept saying "an error occurred while Windows was synchronizing with time-nw.nist.gov". After 3 attempts to manually synchronize I went back to Internet time and it said "the clock was successfully synchronized with time.windows.com on 4/2/2013 at 10:59AM". Just to debug further I went back to the 'Internet Time -> Change Settings  -> Update Now' again and got the same error. So it seems Windows 8 Pro on Dell XPS 12 is having trouble synchronizing with the official US time and something triggered a fallback to synchronize with time.windows.com which has at least corrected the time for now.

 

It's a bad bug with very serious consequences. I'd escalate to Windows team ASAP.

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I had the same issue with the time on April 1, 2013 in Windows 8.
I think it must be a Microsoft developers 'feature'.
I am surprised that I haven't found more web postings about it.

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This bug showed up again this year.

I opened my computer today (April 7th) and it's 1hr ahead (time zone is correct but time is wrong). I am now on Windows 8.1 with the latest updates. 'Automatically adjust for daylight saving times' is still checked and clock is still automatically synchronizing with time-nw.nist.gov.

I tried manually synchronizing with time-nw.nist.gov and then time.nist.gov, it gave an error the first 2 times due to "timeout" but the clock corrected itself even when the messages indicated the synchronization had failed.

I'm wondering how can anyone use Windows 8.1 for mission critical applications if it can't even get the time right? I'm shocked that this bug hasn't been fixed but not surprised as none of the issues I have reported on this forum over the last year seem to have reached the Microsoft engineers.

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