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Windows Clock on Taskbar and in Date/Time Tool Loses Time

Found this neat little Microsoft article on some of the reasons, #189706

The information in this article applies to:
This article was previously published under Q189706


NOTE: If either of the symptoms listed in this article occur, the Windows clock on the taskbar and in the Date/Time tool in Control Panel may experience a loss of time.

NOTE: To more effectively search the Microsoft Knowledge Base, use keywords that relate to your issue. If you are searching for troubleshooting information that is not mentioned in this article, search the Microsoft Knowledge Base again by using keywords that are listed in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

242450 How to Query the Microsoft Knowledge Base Using Keywords


This last symptom listed in this article can occur for either of the following reasons:


To resolve the issue for the last symptom listed in this article, use one of the following methods:

APM Settings

Disable APM in the BIOS and configure Windows to manage APM. For information about how to disable APM in the BIOS, please contact the manufacturer of your computer.

To configure Windows to manage APM:

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Power Management, select the settings you want for APM, and then click OK.

Disable Third-Party Programs and Utilities

Disable the following types of programs and utilities:

Clean Boot

Configure your computer to start with a clean boot. For additional information about configuring a clean boot, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

192926 How to Perform Clean-Boot Troubleshooting for Windows 98

243039 How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 95


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


If your computer loses time, use the Date/Time tool to set the correct time:

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Date/Time.
  3. On the Date & Time tab, configure the correct time, and then click OK.

To determine if the time loss is a result of a weak computer battery:

  1. Click Start, point to Programs, and then click MS-DOS Prompt.
  2. At the command prompt, type time, and then press ENTER.
  3. Compare this time with the time that is reported by the clock on the taskbar.
  4. Type exit, and then press ENTER.

If the computer's time and the time on the clock are different, the computer's battery may be too weak to keep accurate time, and it should be replaced. For information about how to replace the battery, refer to the documentation included with your computer.

NOTE: This problem does not affect the clock in your computer's CMOS.