How to change the time and date on Windows 10 & 11

by Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
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  • Sometimes, you need to change the date and time on Windows 10 and 11 in order to avoid any problems and errors.
  • This information might not be very important for us, but the machines rely on it to synchronize their OSes and data.
  • There are only a few steps to take if you want to set your system clock right and they are almost identical on both systems.
How to change the time and date on Windows

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Time and date are very important settings on Windows 10 and 11 because every app on the system, backups, etc. rely on that information.

Moreover, if you want to restore your system to a previous iteration, having the wrong time and date can lead to errors.

Why is the correct time and date so important on Windows?

The time and date on a PC are not just simple reminders for you to check from time to time instead of looking at your smartphone.

Setting the incorrect information can have implications even on Internet access so here are a few of the most important reasons to set the right time and date:

Connection errors

Typically, the time and date don’t affect the Internet connectivity but if they are way off when the browser looks for PKI certificates, they may look as expired or not valid and you will get some warnings.

Also if need to authenticate on a network for access and the time is off, your computer may not trust the certificate belonging to the authentication server and refuse to connect.

Computer synchronization

If your PC is part of a network, it will need to synchronize with the other ones in order to communicate and exchange data.

Being part of that network works on timestamps that are required for identification within the group. For us, users, time is relative but for machines, time and date are crucial.

Programming software

Software development systems depend on timestamps to know what needs to be recompiled.

Thus, using a remote file system mounted on a PC with the wrong time even by more than a few seconds can lead to serious consequences.

That’s because filesystems store metadata including the timestamps for file creation, modification, and access.

Now that we know how important is to set the correct time and date on your machine, let’s see how you can easily do that on Windows 10 and 11.

How to change the time and date on Windows 10?

  1. The first thing you need to do is right-click the clock on the taskbar and select Adjust date/time.
  2. You’ll be directed to Time & Language tab in the Settings app.
  3. The safest way is to make sure that the Set time automatically switch is ON. That will synchronize the time on your PC with the one on the Microsoft Time server.
  4. Next, you will see the Related settings section. Click on the link Date, time & regional formatting to modify the format according to your needs (you can set the first day of the week, short date, long date, short time and long time and so on).

That’s it! As you can see, setting the right time and date on Windows 10 is extremely easy and you can do it with just a few clicks.

Of course, you can also turn OFF the Set time automatically switch and hit the Change button below to set it manually but we wouldn’t recommend relying on other conventional methods.

How to change the time and date on Windows 11?

  1. Right-click the clock on the taskbar and select Adjust date and time.
  2. This will open the Date & time menu from Settings.
  3. Now, make sure that the Set time automatically switch is set to ON.
  4. Scroll down and click on the Sync now button.
  5. Additionally, click on the Language and region option if you want to modify the region and format for showing the time and date.

As you could clearly see, changing the time and date on Windows 11 is very simple and very similar to the process on Windows 10.

The only changes are visual ones because the menus look a bit different but other than that, all the settings are the same.

So, this is how you set the time and date easily on Windows 10 and 11. Additionally, you can read our guide on what to do if the Windows Server is not getting the correct time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Bring up the taskbar by pressing the Windows key on the keyboard, then right-click the clock and select Adjust Date/Time from the list. Click the Change button under the Change Date and Time section and enter the desired values.

  • Open the Settings app -> Time & Language -> Date & time -> and select the desired values from the Time zone drop-down menu.

  • Your PC might be trying to sync with an incorrect time server/unreachable server, or the time zone settings might be off. To fix this, make sure you toggle the Set time zone automatically to ON and then push the Sync now button under Synchronize your clock to trigger the update.

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