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Get error message when tryin to synchronize time

by gearup / October 15, 2007 2:43 AM PDT

on internet time page..."An error occurred while windows was synchronizing with time.windows .com." Get same error message with other listed time server too."An error occurred while windows was synchronizing with 'time server whatever'.
Did a google search and the only thing of value i found was to switch servers which is not working. Does anyone have a fix for this? Is there a 3rd party program which will work. ?
Thaknks for any help i can get,

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Try time-a.nist.gov
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 15, 2007 3:04 AM PDT

I have just got the same error when trying time.windows.com so I suspect there is some sort of problem with the time servers. But I usually use time-a.nist.gov anyway and that has just worked ok.

If none work for you turn it off by de-selecting the "Automatically synchronize with an internet time server" and try again later.

I also use Atomic Clock sync from Download.com ( http://www.download.com/Atomic-Clock-Sync/3000-2350_4-10316305.html ) but I only use it rarely now as it isn't necessary with the internet time capabilities of the Windows clock.

Mark

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Thanks but
by gearup / October 15, 2007 3:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Try time-a.nist.gov

get same error message with...nist. I think it is a server problem though as Atomic Clock Sync works fine...I forgot i had it and installed it and there are no problems using it with xp home even though the version I have is pretty old as these things go!

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In that case
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 15, 2007 4:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks but

I would see what happens later. My own Windows Time updated with nist with no problems.

If you cannot get Windows Time to work again later on then I feel you should investigate further. See if the Windows time Service is set to automatic or is disabled in the Services console. Check to see if your firewall hasn't suddenly started to block it, although as it uses svchost I would not expect the firewall to block one instance of svchost and not any others.

Lastly, check for viruses and spyware.

Mark

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Ity was definitely the servers listed
by gearup / October 15, 2007 5:07 AM PDT
In reply to: In that case

I substituted time-b.nist.gov for the one listed and it worked perfectly, Time.nist.gov is no longer viable evidently! But their website lists many variations. I chose one at random and voila!

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(NT) That's good news. Well done.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 15, 2007 5:19 AM PDT
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Micosoft has fixed this
by gearup / October 17, 2007 11:12 AM PDT

as of today their "windows" server has started working. The "time.nist" server does not work as it was made incompatible on April 14th.

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