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    Internet Time Sync Missing (WinXP SP3)

    Has anyone else noticed that the Internet Time Sync tag is missing? I think it disappeared after SP3, at least I think the last time I took a look at it was before SP3.

    Or has it just moved? I've noticed that it's gone on two of our computers as well as our Small Business Server.

    Any thoughts?

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    Re: Internet Time Sync Missing (WinXP SP3)

    Do you mean the Internet Time tab of the Date and Time Properties control panel? I have Windows XP Home SP3 and I still have that tab.

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    Re: Internet Time Sync Missing (WinXP SP3)

    On either the approach through the Control Panel or by clicking the clock at the lower Right of the screen, the tab for Internet Time Sync is missing.....

    So, maybe it's not SP3..... <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: Internet Time Sync Missing (WinXP SP3)

    I have it on my XP machines with a Admin account.
    It may not be there for a "Limited" account.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Internet Time Sync Missing (WinXP SP3)

    If your computer is on a LAN, time may be synchronized from the server, and hence the Internet Time tab would not be displayed.
    If your computer is not part of a network, the Windows Time service might be disabled - you can check this by selecting Start | Run..., typing services.msc and pressing Enter.

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    Re: Internet Time Sync Missing (WinXP SP3)

    Well, this PC is on a LAN, however, in this case the server is not supplying time. In fact, it has lost it's Internet Time Sync tab also! We've got the dreaded TIME GREMLIN!!! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    Tracking this down ought to be interesting, to say the least. Anyway, at this stage it isn't too important. I really do wonder what happened.

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    Thanks for the suggestions; really appreciated as always!

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    Re: Internet Time Sync Missing (WinXP SP3)

    Hi Hans,
    An additional finding: As I indicated, the Internet Sync tab is missing. However, I can sync the time with the command line. To verify this, I manually changed the time to an hour earlier. Then I went to Windows/system32 and entered: w32tm /resync and the time came back to the proper setting. So, somehow something got messed up somewhere. I have not a clue where. The time service seems to work, just not so that I can see it! If I find anything else out, I'll share it. I'm thinking one of the registry settings may have become messed up.

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    Re: Internet Time Sync Missing (WinXP SP3)

    The Internet Time tab has always taken about 15 seconds to appear on my system - if you keep the time window open, does the tab show eventually?
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    Re: Internet Time Sync Missing (WinXP SP3)

    Interestingly, Microsoft claim that the Internet Time Feature Is Not Available When a Computer Is a Domain Member - but that doesn't fit in with my XP Pro on our domain!

    A Google search points to several links to 'Internet Time Server' at Kelly's Korner but the site is temporarily down so can't confirm what is there.

    Otherwise, under Computer Management > Services, do you have Windows Time running as a service?

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    Re: Internet Time Sync Missing (WinXP SP3)

    Hi Leif,
    Thanks for the info and suggestion. Following your suggestion, I've lett the Date & Time Properties box open for a few minutes and that Internet Time has not appeared. As I mentioned in other parts of this thread the w32tm does work and the PC seems to do the sync once a day as set. I'm think this is an issue with one of the registry settings that I may not resolve until the next time I "redo" the system. Too bad, really. But at least it syns.

    I'll keep looking and maybe an answer will emerge.

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    Re: Internet Time Sync Missing (WinXP SP3)

    As Leif mentioned, Kellys Korner is back up and running and it has this to say about Internet Time:
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    Internet Time

    The Internet Time service in its default state does not work with the Windows XP Personal Firewall enabled on a dial-up connection. To re-enable this ability while maintaining your firewall follow these steps:

    Go to My Network Places, and in the Network Tasks sidebar select View Network Connections. Right-click your dial-up account and select Properties. Click the Advanced tab and click Settings. Click Add and enter "Internet Time Service" for the description. Enter 127.0.0.1 for the IP, and enter 123 for both the External and Internal port numbers and select TCP. Click OK until the Properties box disappears.

    If you are online, a dialog box will appear telling you that you need to disconnect and reconnect for the settings to take effect.
    Now when you double-click the system tray Clock and select Update Now from the Internet Time tab, it should work correctly."

    Internet Time - Adjust Synchronization

    Start/Run/Regedit
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionDateTimeServers. Create a New String Value Name the new value with a number one higher than the last. Under Value Data enter the hostname. Registry/Exit.

    Internet Time Server

    Want to be sure your computer always displays the correct time? Synchronize your system clock with an Internet time server.

    Double-click the clock in the notification area of your taskbar, and the Date and Time Properties dialog box appears (you can also access these settings from the Control Panel). Click the Internet Time tab, then select "Automatically synchronize with an Internet time server." Choose a server in the dropdown list, then click OK. From now, assuming you have a continuous Internet connection, your clock will be synchronized once a week.

    Note: If your computer is a member of a domain, most likely, it is already synchronized automatically by a network time server, and the Internet Time tab will not appear in your Date and Time Properties dialog box.
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