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Make Windows Clock More Accurate


Those of you who rely on your Windows clock to inform you of meetings, other appointments or maybe to schedule tv recordings in media center have probably realised that it’s not very accurate, typically incorrect by a few minutes.  This might not sound like much, but if this means missing the beginning or end of your recorded tv programmes it can be very annoying.

The reason this occurs is because the default time server Windows uses to synchronize the time is not accurate.  Fixing this is easy through replacing the default time server with an alternative time server.  There are dozens available, but I find pool.ntp.org the most reliable and accurate.  To change your Windows Clock to synschronize with pool.ntp.org:

Internet Time Settings 400x416 Make Windows Clock More Accurate

  • Right click your clock on the taskbar and click on Adjust date/time
  • Click on the internet time tab and then the Change settings button
  • In the server field remove the default entry and enter pool.ntp.org
  • Hit Update now and you should get a confirmation saying that Windows has updated the time
  • Click Ok twice

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11 Responses to Make Windows Clock More Accurate

  1. Dan May 16, 2011 at 9:37 am #

     I use time.nist.gov. Is pool.ntp.org more accurate? Why?pool.ntp.org more accurate? Why?

    • Everton Blair May 16, 2011 at 10:49 am #

      I also use pool.ntp.org – I find it works better than the default because my recordings start on time.  I don’t know if it’s better than time.nist.gov, but it’s definitely better than the windows defauly

  2. Guest May 17, 2011 at 1:19 am #

    Tried to use pool.ntp.org but for reason it is giving me an error, unable to sync, timed out.

  3. Vky June 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    It works :D

  4. Greg July 10, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    “The reason this occurs is because the default time server Windows uses to synchronize the time is not accurate.” – Go figure.

  5. James1o1o July 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    Sorry this is wrong. Time.windows syncs with pool.ntp.org, there is no point in changing. They all sync with each other, its how the time servers work.

  6. Deanparmenter July 11, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    i dont have an ‘internet time’ tab…

    • Vizo July 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

      i dont have internet time tab either.

  7. eagleeyez July 12, 2011 at 3:46 am #

    Thanks it work gr8

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