Windows Server 2003 Windows Time Service wont start - Error 2 The system cannot find the file specified


  • Hi Guys,

    I'm having problems with one of our servers. 

    The time is out of sync but I can't resync with an NTP server because the Windows Time Service isn't running. When I try to start the service I get:
    Error 2: The system cannot find the file specified

    w32tm.exe is in the system32 folder as is the dll w32time.dll so there shouldn't be a problem starting the service

    What could be causing this? 

    Our backups are failing as a result of the time difference

    Thursday, March 11, 2010 5:01 PM


  • Hello,

    try the following:

    open a command window and run "net stop w32time" followed by "w32tm /unregister", "w32tm /register" and "net start w32time" and then
    "w32tm /resync".

    Best regards Meinolf Weber Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    • Marked as answer by Bruce-Liu Monday, March 15, 2010 5:49 AM
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 5:10 PM

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