With default settings, Windows 10, like previous Windows versions, displays the date and time on the right side of the taskbar. Clicking the date and time reveals the clock and calendar flyout.
This morning I noticed that the clock in Windows 10’s taskbar was showing incorrect time. At first, I thought the wrong time was because of the changed time zone, but later on, I found that the time zone settings were also perfect.
If your Windows 10 PC is also showing the wrong date or time or both, the following solutions should help you resolve the incorrect date or time issue.
Method 1 of 5
Check if the time zone is correct
First things first. Unless you have already checked, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have selected the correct time zone. Here is how to set the time zone in Windows 10:
Step 1: Open the Settings app. Navigate to Time & Language > Date & time page to see all date and time-related settings.
Step 2: Under the Time zone section, make sure that your time zone is selected. If not, select the correct time zone from the drop-down menu. No restart or sign-out is required to apply the change.
If the time zone is set to your time zone, please follow the directions in the next method.
Method 2 of 5
Turn on or off automatic time and time zone
Step 1: Go to Settings > Time & Language > Date & Time page.
Step 2: Under the Date and time section, turn on the option labeled Set time automatically, and check if Windows 10 is displaying the correct time now. When this option is enabled, Windows 10 automatically synchronizes with an Internet time server.
Step 3: We recommend you turn off the Set time zone automatically option if you haven’t turned on the location service. The Set time zone automatically works excellently only when your location is available. So if you have turned off the location service to improve privacy, please turn off the Set time zone automatically option.
Method 3 of 5
Start Windows time service
The Windows time service is responsible for displaying the correct date and time. If the service is stopped or configured to start manually, Windows 10 might display an incorrect date and time. Here is how to start the Windows time service:
Step 1: In the Start menu or taskbar search box, type Services.msc, and then press Enter key. If the search is not working, please type Services.msc in the Run command box (use Windows logo + R hotkey to open Run) and then press Enter.
Step 2: Once the Services window is launched, look for an entry named Windows Time.
Step 3: Right-click on the Windows Time entry and then click Properties to open the properties dialog.
Step 4: Under the General tab, select Startup type as Automatic and click the Apply button.
Step 5: Finally, click the Start button to start the service if not running already.
Method 4 of 5
Manually set the date and time
If the above solutions are not helping, you could try manually setting the date and time. Follow the given below directions to manually set the date and time in Windows 10.
Step 1: Once again, browse to Settings > Time & Language > Date & time page.
Step 2: Under the Date and time section, turn off the option labeled Set time automatically.
Step 3: Click the Change button and set the right time and date. That’s it!
NOTE: If you want to see the time in 12 or 24-hour format, please refer to how to change the clock to 12 or 24-hour format in Windows 10 guide.
Method 5 of 5
Replace CMOS battery
If none of the above solutions help you to fix the incorrect time on Windows 10, the issue could be because of a drained CMOS battery. You will have to replace the CMOS battery and set the date and time again.
The CMOS battery is responsible for running and maintaining the clock on your computer, even when your computer is turned off. The CMOS battery continues to supply a very small amount of power to the motherboard or mainboard (even when the PC is off) to maintain the date and time. Please search the web or refer to your PC’s user manual to know how to replace the CMOS battery.
NOTE: Removing or replacing the CMOS battery will reset/remove the BIOS password as well.