Windows Time

 

General Information

Automatically sets your clock by contacting a server (Microsoft’s server by default) on the internet. Great idea if your network connects to the internet 24/7. The Event Log fills up with “cannot find server” messages on a non-dedicated setup, though. After successful synchronizing, this service will not attempt to do it again for 7 days, meanwhile, taking up resources. You may also need Task Scheduler running. You may choose to set your clock manually on a dial up connection, but with a 24/7 broadband setup, this could keep you on time for work.

Take note: as mentioned, “time.windows.com” is the default server for synchronization. For those privacy conscious people that prefer to connect to a government site rather then Microsoft, use “time.nist.gov” or choose one from the server list.

Windows 8

Default Description

Maintains date and time synchronization on all clients and servers in the network. If this service is stopped, date and time synchronization will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0
Windows 8 x86 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 x64 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 Pro x86 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 Pro x64 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Manual (Trigger Start)
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Manual (Trigger Start)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): W32Time
Display Name: Windows Time

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService

Log On As

Account: Local Service

Dependencies

Note: No dependencies are listed for any service in the WDP build I used to draft this information.

Windows 7

Default Description

Maintains date and time synchronization on all clients and servers in the network. If this service is stopped, date and time synchronization will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1
Windows 7 Starter Manual Manual
Windows 7 Home Basic Manual Manual
Windows 7 Home Premium Manual Manual
Windows 7 Professional Manual Manual
Windows 7 Ultimate Manual Manual
Windows 7 Enterprise Manual Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): W32Time
Display Name: Windows Time

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService

Log On As

Account: Local Service

Dependencies

What service Windows Time needs to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

What other service require Windows Time to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

Maintains date and time synchronization on all clients and servers in the network. If this service is stopped, date and time synchronization will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Home Premium Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Business Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Ultimate Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Enterprise Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): W32Time
Display Name: Windows Time

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService

Log On As

Account: Local Service

Dependencies

What service Windows Time needs to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

What other service require Windows Time to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Maintains date and time synchronization on all clients and servers in the network. If this service is stopped, date and time synchronization will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Automatic

Service Names

Service Name (registry): W32Time
Display Name: Windows Time

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Windows Time needs to function properly:

  • None

What other service require Windows Time to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default Description

Maintains date and time synchronization on all clients and servers in the network. If this service is stopped, date and time synchronization will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2 SP3
XP Home Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP MCE 2005 Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Pro Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Tablet PC 2005 Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): W32Time
Display Name: Windows Time

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Windows Time needs to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

What other service require Windows Time to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

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