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  • 1. (http://helpdeskgeek.com) Archives (/archives/) Featured (/category/featured-posts/) Reviews (/category/reviews/) Search Can’t Change Date and Time in Windows 7? October 5th, 2012 by Aseem Kishore | File in: Windows 7 (http://helpdeskgeek.com/category/windows-7/) I recently ran into a problem on one of my Windows 7 machines where I could not change the date and time. Every time I Categories DAILY NEWSLETTER Enter your email Go clicked on the Change Date and Time dialog box shown below, I kept getting an error message.  (mailto:akishore@helpdeskgeek.com)  (https://plus.google.com/b/118345  (https://www.facebook.com/pages/H DeskGeek/183299011719864)  (http://twitter.com/akishore)  (/feed/rss/) The message that kept popping up was: Unable to continue. You do not have permission to perform this task. RECENT POSTS Refresh, Reinstall or Restore Windows 8 (http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-8/refresh- I had previously had some problems with this machine and thought it might be related. In the end, I had to try a couple of reinstall-or-restore-windows-8/) different solutions before I stopped getting the error message about not having permission. Hopefully, one of the solutions will work for you. Method 1 – Safe Mode One thing you can try is to change the date and time in Safe Mode. If you are able to change it here, you then know it’s a problem with either a startup item or a Windows service. You can then perform a clean boot of Windows 7 to narrow down the HDG Guide – Storage Spaces and Pools in Windows 8 (http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows8/hdg-guide-storage-spaces-and-pools-inwindows-8/) issue. You can check out this article from Microsoft that details how to perform a clean boot in Windows 7: Install Windows Media Center on Windows 8 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135) windows-media-center-on-windows-8/) (http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-8/install- 20 of The Best TV Streaming Devices (http://helpdeskgeek.com/free-tools-review/20-ofthe-best-tv-streaming-devices/) RELATED POSTS Refresh, Reinstall or Restore Windows 8 (http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-8/refreshreinstall-or-restore-windows-8/) Troubleshoot a Failed Hard Drive (http://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/troubleshoot-afailed-hard-drive/) Method 2 – System File Checker The next thing you can try is to run the system file checker. If you’re having strange permission issues in Windows, it’s probably some type of corruption of system files and settings. You can run SFC by opening a command prompt and typing in the following command: sc/cno f sanw Unable to Boot Windows with External Hard Drive Attached? (http://helpdeskgeek.com/helpdesk/unable-to-boot-windows-with-external-harddrive-attached/)
  • 2. System file checker will verify all system files and will replace any file that is corrupt, modified or damaged. Method 3 – Command Line You can also change the date and time in Windows using the command line. Open a command prompt and type in the word d a te and press enter. You’ll be prompted to enter a new date. What about the time? Pretty easy too. Just type in the word time and you can change the time too: Note that the time is in 24-hour format and you can specify it down all the way to milliseconds. You should be able to change the time without having to open an elevated command prompt. If you get an error, however, then try running the command prompt as Administrator. Method 4 – Local Security Policy If you get an error message like “A required privilege is not held by the client” when trying to use the command prompt, go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Loca l Se curity P olicy and then navigate to Local PolicyUser Rights Assignment and ensure that Cha nge the syste m time and Cha nge the time zone privileges are given to Ad ministra tors. Note that if you are in a domain, you may simply be restricted by the group policy set by your company. If you’re not on a domain and Administrators don’t have the two privileges shown above, then adding the group to the security setting should fix the problem. Method 5 – Windows Time Service If you’re still having problems changing the date and time in Windows, go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools and click on Se rvice s. Scroll down to Windows Time and right-click and choose P rop e rtie s. Click on the Log On tab and make sure it’s set to T his a ccount – Loca l Se rvice .
  • 3. The password fields should automatically be filled in, so there is no need to type in any passwords. Go head and restart the computer and see what happens. Method 6 – Uninstall Third-Party Clock Applications If you have any third-party clock manager or time programs, go ahead and uninstall them and see if that resolves your issue with changing the Windows date and time. Sometimes a conflict can occur and a third party program might prevent you changing the time. Hopefully one of the solutions above fixes your issue. If not, post a comment here and I’ll try to help. Enjoy! 0 There are 0 comments, care to add yours? (http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/cant-change-dateand-time-in-windows-7/#respond)  Tweet This  Facebook Like  Google+ (http://twitter.com/share? (http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php? (http://plus.google.com/share? url=http://helpdeskgeek.com/windowsu=http://helpdeskgeek.com/windowsurl=http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows7/cant-change-date7/cant-change-date7/cant-change-dateand-time-in-windows- and-time-in-windowsand-time-in-windows7/&text=Can’t Change 7/&t=Can’t Change 7/) Date and Time in Date and Time in Windows 7? Windows 7?) &via=akishore) Leave a Reply Name * Mail * Website Comment * Submit () ASE E M KISHOR E Founder of Help Desk Geek and managing editor. He began blogging in 2007 and quit his job in 2010 to blog full-time. SIGN UP FOR DAILY EMAIL N EWSLETTER Enter your email CON N ECT WITH US ABOUT H ELP DESK GEEK Go Welcome to Help Desk Geek- a blog full of help desk tips for IT Professionals. My name is Aseem Kishore and I work as a Systems Analyst in Dallas, TX. I graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, GA in 2002 with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Read More (http://helpdeskgeek.com/about/) (mailto:akishore@helpdeskgeek.com)  (http://www.youtube.com/user/aseemkishore1234)  (https://plus.google.com/b/118345103779743518985/118345103779743518985/posts)  (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-DeskGeek/183299011719864)  (http://twitter.com/akishore)  (/feed/rss/) Home (/) About (/about/) Contact (/contact/) Archive (/archives/) Featured Post (/category/featured-posts/) Reviews (/category/reviews/)