Windows 10 Tutorials 155 – Change the Time Synchronization Interval in Windows 10

Welcome to our series of Microsoft Windows 10 tutorials that help you understand the features of this new operating system by Microsoft.

This tutorial will show you how to change the time synchronization interval in Windows 10.

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You use date and time not just to keep track of the time, most applications in computer also make use of the system’s date and time in order to function properly.

By default Windows 10 will synchronize the time once a week (604800 seconds) to keep system time accurate.

Windows 10 does not have a feature to manually set the time interval for synchronization. For this we will have to make changes in system registry. Here’s how:

Note: As with all things related to system registry, if you are not sure what you are doing, it’s not advised to follow these steps.

How to Change the Time Synchronization Interval:

  1. Open Registry Editor by pressing Windows + R key combination, type in regedit and press Enter .
  2. If prompted by UAC, click on Yesto continue.
  3. Go to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\ services\W32Time\TimeProviders\NtpClient
  4. In right-side pane, right click on SpecialPollInterval key and then click Modify. Change the Time Synchronization Interval
  5. Click on radio button next to Decimal and enter the new value in seconds in Value data box.
  6. Click Ok to save the setting.
  7. Close Registry Editor. Change the Time Synchronization Interval
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