Automatic clock synchronization is a useful feature which is present in Windows 10. Unfortunately, few users are having some issues with clock synchronization and are reporting An error occurred while Windows was synchronizing with time.windows .com error message.
- Making sure your PC’s clock is in sync with internet time means you won’t have any issues accessing content while you’re in your local time zone.
- Sometimes clock synchronization with time.windows.com can lead to errors, and that is when you should apply the steps written in the guide below.
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How can I fix the time.windows.com sync error?
Know if Windows Time service is running
- Press Windows Key + R and enter services.msc . press
- Enter or clickOK . _
- When the Services window opens , find theWindows Time service and double-click it to open its properties.
- Set the Startup Type to Automatic and click the Start button to start theWindowsTimeservice._
- You can click Apply and save it in order to keep the changes.
- The time synchronization feature relies heavily on the Windows Time service, and if the Windows Time service is not running, you may encounter this error.
Use a different server
- You have to press Windows Key along with S key and then enter the date.
- Select Date & Time from the menu.
- When you open the Date and Time window, you can easily go to Internet Time and then you can click the Change Settings button.
- You can select time.nist.gov and the Server and then you should click the Update Now button.
- Multiple users praised that using pool.ntp.org as a server can fix this problem.
- You have to enter OK to keep your changes. Users reported that they managed to fix this issue simply by using a different server. There are different time servers you can use, and some of them are time-a.nist.gov, time-b.nist.gov, time-a.timefreq.bldrdoc.gov, and time-b.timefreq.bldrdoc. gov .
Some users are also suggesting to change the Windows Time service login settings before applying the changes and rebooting your PC.
Use Command Prompt
According to users, you can fix this issue simply by using Command Prompt and running some commands. To do that, follow these steps:
You have to press Windows Key along with the X key to open the Win + X menu and choose Command Prompt (Admin) . When Command Prompt tab opens up, enter the following commands: w32tm /debug/disable w32tm /unregister w32tm/register net start w32time
If everything goes well and good, you will be able to see that the “Windows Time Service is running. Windows time service started successfully.” message. Close Command Prompt and try to sync your clock.