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XP Internet Time

Hipster Doofus

Good grief Charlie Brown
I've just found that xp has its own internet time server. :rolleyes: By clicking the clock it brings it up. Has anyone tried it? When I do it comes back & says 'an error occured getting the status of the last synchronization. The RPC server is unavailable'. Anyone got it to work? Or have I turned off some service that it needs?


Secret Goat Fetish
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hipster i've had that 4 a long time+ got no idea y it does it:( i tired turning on the time service or sumin but i couldn't. i don't wooryu bout it but wopuld like 2 no y it does it.:(


Bow Down to the King
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You must enable the service (run 'services.msc') called Windows Time.

Then use this time server: utcnist.colorado.edu

It works great. I use it rather than AtomTime or AtomicClock, etc. From time and time again I do run into an error (that can be viewed in event viewer), but other than that it does sync.


I couldn't get it to work either with the default time servers, so like madmatt said, last month I added a new time server.
The default time update is once a week, you can find a tweek that will do it every 24 hours, if you can't find the tweek here try activewin.com.

And yes it works better than any of the add ons, why, because resources are nil and its built in.


I'm sorry Hal...
Political User
saw it since i first installed XP and set the time. Never had a problem with it. I usualy forget about it for months.

Hipster Doofus

Good grief Charlie Brown
I've got the right service running.
1/ time.windows.com 2/ time.nist.gov Both give errors. When I try maddmatt's suggestion I get the same error. Ah well doesn't really matter.


Bow Down to the King
Political User
really? weird. give it a few tries, it should honestly work. I have never had a problem with that time server timing out or anything.


OSNN Senior Addict
Hi Hipster Doofus, I think that error message only means that at the time it tried to update, you were not connected to the internet. Mine updates fine when I click the Update Now button.

Hipster Doofus

Good grief Charlie Brown
I've been mucking around with it & I think it won't work because I have some other services turned off as well. Not to worry I'll just use another timer. :)

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