Wrong clock time on Windows 11? Here’s how you can fix it…

Shaant Minhas

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Stuck with the wrong clock time on your Windows 11? The primitive cause can be anything: your clock might be out of sync, something wrong with software updates, and so on.

What’s more important is that by the end of this article, your settings will be tweaked to let you easily fix the wrong clock time on your Windows. So here’s how you can get started right away.

1. Sync your clock from Settings (manually)

The first—and often the most straightforward step—is to sync your clock right from your Settings menu. To get started, open the Windows settings by pressing the Windows key + I shortcut. Alternatively, head to the Start menu search bar, type in ‘settings,’ and select the best match.

Then click on Time & language, and select Date & time.

date and time setting

Finally, click on Sync now, from right under the Additional settings section. Then, eventually, toggle on the Set time automatically switch.

sync now switch

2. Check the internet time server settings

The internet time server, as the name suggests, is helpful to keep your PC’s time in sync with the actual internet time. To sync your time, right-click on the Taskbar where the time and dates are displayed, and select Adjust Date and Time Settings.

  • A new Date and Time dialog box will be launched. Switch to the Internet Time tab from the settings.
  • Then click on the Server tab, select the scroll-down menu and select a different internet time server.
  • Click on OK.

Now reboot your PC and see if your time settings have changed. That’s it.

3. Use the Command prompt

The Command prompt is the default command line interface in Windows that lets you do things right from your PC’s keyboard. You can also use it for fixing clock and time settings on your PC. Here’s how:

  • To get started, head to the Start menu search bar, type in ‘cmd,’ and select the best match.
  • Once the command prompt gets launched, type in the following commands in the cmd and hit Enter:
    Net stop w32 time
    w32tm /unregister
    w32tm /register
    Net start w32 time
    w32tm /resync

Note that you’ve to enter these commands one by one. Then, when you’re done, reboot your PC and the clock will be synchronized.

4. Run the SFC scan

The SFC scan is another built-in Windows tool that searches and fixes random bugs and corruptions on your Windows PC. So, if none of the methods from above have worked so far, it’s worth giving SFC a try. Here’s how you can get started.

  • Head to the Start menu search bar, type in ‘cmd,’ and run the command prompt as an administrator.
  • On the cmd, type in the following command and hit Enter:

command prompt

When the execution is complete, reboot your PC to ensure everything gets fixed. If this does not resolve the issue, you should use the next (and last method) on our list.

5. Check the CMOS battery

If one of the methods from above has worked, then it’s perhaps something with the CMOS battery of your PC. CMOS is a battery that maintains your PC’s time, date, and other configurations. It’s relatively easy to get replaced as well.

Simply turn off your PC, check the type of battery in your PC, and get a new one online or from your local electronic store for a replacement.

Now that you have set up the new CMOS battery see if the problem persists. In most cases, it shouldn’t.

Fixing the wrong clock time on a Windows 11 PC

Your Windows clock is a nifty tool that can help you stay organized. Like anything in tech, though, it’s liable to suffer from problems and go bust. Nevertheless, if you’ve followed some of the above methods, your “wrong clock timing” bug should be fixed by now.

However, if you haven’t observed any changes, it’s perhaps time to do a complete factory reset or, on rare occasions, do a proper visit to the computer repair store.