A Guide to Adding or Modifying Online Time Servers on Windows 11

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The article provides a step-by-step guide on adding, changing, or removing Internet Time Servers in Windows 11. By default, Windows computers sync their clock with an internet server, usually Microsoft servers. However, users can modify Internet Time Servers through the Control Panel app or Windows Registry Editor to keep accurate time and update its timezone…

This article explains how to add, change, or remove Internet Time Servers in Windows 11.

By default, your Windows computer automatically syncs its clock with the internet server, typically Microsoft Internet servers, once a week. The clock records events and times associated with those events whenever you create or modify files.

Your PC also uses Internet Time Servers to keep accurate time and update its timezone and daylight save time when available.

Windows includes a list of available Internet time servers you can choose from by default. However, you can also add or remove existing time servers at anytime.

The steps below show you how to do that in Windows 11.

Change Internet time server via Control Panel

As described above, users can change the computer’s Internet time server to sync their clocks in Windows.

You can do that using the Control Panel app or Windows Registry Editor.

Here’s how to do it!

First, open the Control Panel app.

Then go to Control Panel -> Clock and Region settings page. Click the Set the time and date link on the Clock and Region setting page.

Windows 11 Date and Time settings in Control Panel

Select the Internet Time tab on the pop-up Date and Time window, then click the Change settings button.

Date and Time windows in the Control Panel

Next, select a Time server from the drop-down menu option on the Internet Time Settings window.

Internet Time Server list in the Control Panel

As stated above, one can choose from very few Internet time servers. Below, we’ll show you how to add more.

Add or change Internet Time Servers via Windows Registry Editor

If you want to add Internet Time Servers or change the default, Windows lets you do it via the System Registry editor.

First, open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DateTime\Servers

If you don’t see the Server folder key, right-click on the DateTime key, then create the subkey (Server) folders.

Internet Time Server registry key

On the right pane, you will see a list of available Internet Time Servers with a default value set for one of the servers.

The server names should be in the Control Panel app.

Windows 11 Internet Time server registry value

To create additional servers, right-click the Server folder key’s right pane and select New -> String Value. Next, type a new string number name. Ex. 3.

Double-click the new key item name (3) and type in a Value data:

ex. time.google.com

You can then use the (Default) name to set the default time server from the list available.

Windows 11 Internet Time Server registry

Next, browse the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\w32time\Parameters

Double-click the parameters key NtpServer in the right pane to open it. Then change the time server (ex: “time.windows.com,0x9″) value to whatever time server you added above (ex: “time.google.com,0x9″).

Custom internet time server in Windows 11

Save your changes and restart your computer.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to add or change the Internet Time Servers in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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