Configure Internet Time (NTP) options in Windows 10

Internet Time (NTP) is a very useful way to keep your PC's time accurate automatically. Once configured, Windows will request time data periodically from time servers, so you can be sure that time and date on your device are set properly. Here is how it can be done.


With Windows 10, Microsoft is moving all classic settings of the Control Panel to the new Universal (Metro) app called Settings. It already includes all basic management options that the average user needs to control the operating system. One of its pages is dedicated to Date and Time options. It is located in Settings -> Time & language -> Date & time:

date-and-time-settingsAs of this writing, it does not include anything related to NTP. To configure NTP, you still need to use the classic Control Panel applet.

Configure Internet Time (NTP) options in Windows 10
To set the NTP server in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Go to the following section:
    Control Panel\Clock, Language, and Region


  3. Click the icon Date and Time:The following window will appear on the screen:date-and-time-classic-applet
  4. There, switch to the tab named Internet Time. To adjust available settings, you need to click the button "Change settings...":
    Once you click it, you will be able to enable NTP and specify a custom time server if required:configure-internet-time-ntp-options-in-windows-10

Alternatively, you can specify a custom NTP server using the Registry. It can be done as follows.

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following Registry key:
  3. There, every time server should be stored under string values named 1,2,3 ...n and so on. The server which is currently in use is determined by the default parameter which should be set to the appropriate number (the value name). You can add here a new string value and set the default parameter you have created:ntp-settings-in-registrynew-string-valueadd-a-custom-ntp-server-via-registryactivate-ntp-server-via-registry
  4. You might need to restart Windows 10 to apply the changes you made.

That's it.

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5 thoughts on “Configure Internet Time (NTP) options in Windows 10

  1. Gisabun

    I prefer to use NetTime.

  2. Paul

    Thanks for these clear instructions. The part about editing the Windows 10 registry to add a server to the built-in list was especially useful to me.

  3. Paul

    Just want to add that the registry key change worked not only on Windows 10 but also on Windows 7 and even Windows XP. Some old devices only work with XP drivers so yes Windows XP is still in use.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author


  4. Peter Barsznica

    Thanks ;)


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