Computer time changes by 1 hour RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have one computer on my domain that ever since the time change for winter this year it will go back 1 hour randomly.  It doesn't happen all the time at least once or twice a week.  What things can I look at to see what is causing this.


    Eric Vanderveer

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 6:02 PM

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  • Going to need more information on this..

    1. What is the (DC) Server, 2k3, 2k8, 2k12?

    2. Do you run a Time Service?

    3. What time zone are you in, and does it physically change time zones?

    4. Does it happen when the system is booted? or does it occur when it is rebooted?

    5. Is the Machine a new machine with Windows 7 on it.. or was it an upgraded machine from XP or Vista?

    6. When it occurs if you do a "net time", what does it do?


    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 6:38 PM
    • Is the device in the right time zone?
    • Do you see any netlogon errors?
    • Is the domain controllorer accessible all the time to the client device?
    • What is your gpo refresh rate? (hours, days, etc..)

            If you run gpupdate /force is the time going to change?

    • echo %LOGONSERVER% (from cmd)

            Make sure you get the server name that you are expecting.

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 8:20 PM
  • As Brano pointed out, I would make sure that the specific computer is in the correct time zone. 

    Also, do you have any GPO's that effect the clock settings?

    Don't forget to mark the post that solved your issue as "Answered." By marking the Answer you are enabling users with similar issues to find what helped you. Lewis Renwick - IT Professional

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 8:52 PM
  • 1.  I have 3 domain controllers 2003, 2008 and 2012.

    2.  Yes

    3.  Eastern and it does not change it.

    4.  It happens booted.

    5.  New machine with Windows 7.

    6.  I have not done that.

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014 1:22 PM
  • 1. Yes

    2.  No

    3. Yes

    4. 1 hour, No.

    5.  Its what I was expecting.

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014 1:43 PM
  • The GPO has 3 other computers and they do not do this plus I could not find anything in the GPO that would change time.
    Wednesday, December 3, 2014 1:44 PM
  • Based on your answers it is unlikely that this is GPO configuration update change or problem communicating with the domain controller.

    Do you have any computer managment tools like SCCM, is it possible that you have some kind of re-occuring job that is advertised to the computers and reseting time zone settings.

    Try updating your bios to the latest version.


    • Edited by Brano Lukic Wednesday, December 3, 2014 9:11 PM
    Wednesday, December 3, 2014 9:10 PM
  • Hello Eric Vanderveer,

    What is your current situation?
    Is this issue resolved?

    Have you made any changes before this issue?

    Please check if the computer change the time zone.
    Additionally, please check the Internet time server. For more information, please refer to the following article.

    Please compare the differences of setting between the normal and abnormal Windows 7.

    Best regards,
    Fangzhou CHEN

    Fangzhou CHEN
    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, December 8, 2014 2:18 AM
  • Fangzhou

    Sorry, getting back to this issue after other things piled up.  This happened again and right in front our eyes and withing 10 minutes it went back to the right time.  I am looking over the link you sent me.

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:35 PM
  • No luck with link.  Any insight on this would be appreciated. 

    Friday, December 12, 2014 12:44 PM
  • Open the motherboard BIOS and make sure the time is set correctly there.

    Carey Frisch

    Friday, December 12, 2014 3:26 PM

  • Hello Eric Vanderveer,

    What is your current situation?

    Have you tried to check the motherboard BISO time setting as MVP Carey Frisch mentioned?

    Best regards,
    Fangzhou CHEN

    Fangzhou CHEN
    TechNet Community Support

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 1:25 AM
  • Sorry for the late reply but this issue really got put on the back burner.  I will check the BIOS.
    Thursday, January 29, 2015 4:39 PM
  • BIOS is fine with the time.
    Thursday, January 29, 2015 8:57 PM