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Windows Time Synchronization Settings (Windows 2000/XP) Popular

These parameters allow you to control the synchronization settings of the W32Time service. This service ensures that computer date and time settings are correctly synchronized throughout an organization.

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Open your registry and find the key below.

Create any of the optional values below to control the clock synchronization settings.

NtpServer (REG_SZ)
Used to manually configure the time source. Set this to the DNS name or IP address of the NTP server to synchronize from.

Period (REG_DWORD)
Used to control how often the time service synchronizes.

  • 0 - once a day
  • 65535 - once every 2 days
  • 65534 - once every 3 days
  • 65533 - once every week (7 days)
  • 65532 - once every 45 minutes until 3 good synchronizations occur, then once every 8 hours (3 per day) [default]
  • 65531 - once every 45 minutes until 1 good synchronization occurs, then once every day

    ReliableTimeSource (REG_DWORD)
    Used to indicate that this computer has reliable time.

  • 0 - do not mark this computer as having reliable time [default]
  • 1 - mark this computer as having reliable time (this is only useful on a domain controller)

    Type (REG_SZ)
    Used to control how a computer synchronizes.

  • Nt5DS - synchronize to domain hierarchy [default]
  • NTP - synchronize to manually configured source
  • NoSync - do not synchronize time

    Stop and restart the W32Time service for the change to take effect.

    Registry Editor Example
    |(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
    |PeriodREG_DWORD0x00000000 (0)|
    |ReliableTimeSourceREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
    Registry Settings
    System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters]

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  • Last modified: July 19, 2002