Windows 10: Should Windows time be set to manual or automatic?

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  1.    16 May 2018 #1

    Should Windows time be set to manual or automatic?


    Some say manual while others say automatic. Which is preferable
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  2. Posts : 30,631
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17713
       16 May 2018 #2

    Hello Redbatman, :)

    What is preferable is what you prefer and works for you.

    Personally, I prefer automatic. It just depends on if the time stays correct with automatic or not.

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       16 May 2018 #3

    I prefer automatic. You should set yours to whatever you prefer.
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  4.    17 May 2018 #4

    Another vote for automatic.
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       17 May 2018 #5

    Definitely Autonatic. Always have the correct time.
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  6.    17 May 2018 #6

    I may have phrased my question wrong. When I said manual or automatic I meant from services.msc for Windows Time. (W32Time)
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  7.    17 May 2018 #7

    Redbatman said: View Post
    I may have phrased my question wrong. When I said manual or automatic I meant from services.msc for Windows Time. (W32Time)
    Automatic.
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       17 May 2018 #8

    Redbatman said: View Post
    ...When I said manual or automatic I meant from services.msc for Windows Time. (W32Time)
    cereberus said: View Post
    Automatic.
    I've never changed that one, and mine says Automatic too (I've just looked)...

    ...which is odd, as apparently both @Brink's tutorial and Black Viper say that Microsoft's default is Manual.

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       17 May 2018 #9

    Hello Bree, :)

    It's for the Set time automatically setting in Option One below instead.

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       17 May 2018 #10

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Bree, :)

    It's for the Set time automatically setting in Option One below instead.

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    OK, so changing the 'set time automatically' toggle in Settings modifies the W32time start up type in Services. That would make sense.

    So as an experiment I turned off 'set time automatically' in Settings then looked in Services.
    Result: Startup = Disabled, Service status = Stopped.

    Then I turned it back on: Startup = Manual (Triggered start), Service status = Running.

    Now I'm really puzzled, where/when/how did I get it set as Automatic?
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