Changes System Date

Posted on 2004-12-01
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Last Modified: 2010-04-14
Hi, i am using my server for development and need to change the system.

I double click on the clock at the bottom right of my computer and amend it to 08/12/2094 as i needed. But today is 01/12/2004.

At first, the date remain on 08/12/2004, but after a while, i go to wash room and come back, about 5 minutes, the system will switch back to the original date (today date)...

Thus, i want to ask how can i permanately change the system date? TQ.

I am having the same problem with XP as well.
Question by:acl6804

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ID: 12714859
Hi acl6804,

is your server in a network? then the dates are always synchronised with the domain controller, it has a service running that keeps the date up to date ;-)


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youre1m earned 1840 total points
ID: 12714938
Unless you stop the Windows time service of course. Type net stop "Windows time" from a command prompt or stop the service through computer management.

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ID: 12716229
unplug the network cable and then unplug from wall. Then open case and remove the little batery in there that keeps your clock running then put it back. Reboot.

If that doesent work, FDisk and Format
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Expert Comment

ID: 12716303
Do not Fdisk or reformat, this is built in windows functionality. Windows is designed to run in synch with other machines in the domain, and the PDC emulator acts as a time source for all clients and servers within the domain, the PDC is normally synched with another external time source, such as an internet clock. Without this mechanism servers would gradually drift out of time with each other and as a result lose connectivity.

Simply stop the windows time service, although beware you may struggle to access network resources that are not at the same system date. This is not related to your CMOS battery in any way, removing it will not help you.
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by:Chris Dent
ID: 12716824

Just a note...

System Time is used as part of the encryption algorithm in the authentication process with Kerberos in Windows 200x Domains.

It doesn't like having the wrong time, 5 minutes out and it'll start getting upset so Domain Time is synchronised by the PDC Emulator roles.
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ID: 12717232
Why would you want to set your system time to: 08/12/2094 ?
The only reason i can think about is using a demo version work outside the timespan its legal for, and thus.. you cant get any help for this problem here at EE.

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ID: 12717368
I just had to do this for a training database that was from Oct 2003, had to implement a log in script for a set of clients to stop the time service so that they could access the database then restart the machine each night to restart the service and ensure all security updates were received.

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