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    When I looked at my Windows Vista and Windows 7 systems this morning, I noticed that both of them were displaying the wrong time. At 07:55 they both thought it was 08:55. The Windows XP systems were showing the correct time, and fortunately so was my watch.

    I wonder if this is something to do with the fact that the clocks go back in two days time.

    Was this something peculiar to my environment, or is it an issue that affected other people?

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    Odd.

    And the UTC/GMT Offset (time zone) was correct?

    The latest cumulative time zone update for Windows is the August 2009 update, I think.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/970653

    But our time zones usually don't change start/end dates; I have not seen anything like that here at the moment, but then I don't use time synchronisation.

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    On both systems the taskbar clock says "Daylight savings time ends on 25 October 2009..."

    Strange!

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    I have now worked out how this happened.

    I installed Windows 7 yesterday, and it came up with the clock showing the wrong time, by one hour. This is presumably because of the way the Real Time Clock on the motherboard interacts with the operating system on the CD - I have seen this before.

    I didn't notice that this PC had the wrong time.

    My Windows Vista PC was rebooted this morning, and that caused it to run a script that mapped a load of network drives from the Windows 7 PC, and then issue a NET TIME /SET command, propagating the incorrect time to a second PC. I do this to keep the time in sync between all the PCs in the house.

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    [quote name='StuartR' post='799503' date='23-Oct-2009 12:03']My Windows Vista PC was rebooted this morning, and that caused it to run a script that mapped a load of network drives from the Windows 7 PC, and then issue a NET TIME /SET command, propagating the incorrect time to a second PC. I do this to keep the time in sync between all the PCs in the house.[/quote]
    All my PCs at home are set to obtain their time from uk.pool.ntp.org on a weekly basis. I find that the time drift tends to be very little, but if it were greater a bit of Reg Editing would enable synchronisation on a more frequent basis...

    Wait for the (annual) cries of horror on Sunday (or Monday...) when those people doing incremental backups from their NTFS file systems to NAS boxes which, even though Samba presents them as NTFS, exhibit the FAT 2-second time granularity and timestamping, and find that all their files get recopied rather than just those which have been added or updated. (nearest I can find to a "woe is they" smiley)
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    Just to interject another variable here.... we don't roll our clocks back here in the USA until October 31/November 1 at 2 AM.
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='799544' date='23-Oct-2009 10:04']Just to interject another variable here.... we don't roll our clocks back here in the USA until October 31/November 1 at 2 AM. [/quote]
    Sheesh, you just reminded me that my bedside clock has "old" dates inbred, so it'll probably change the time this weekend, whether I want it to or not! Guess it's time to buy a new one...

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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='799544' date='23-Oct-2009 10:04']Just to interject another variable here.... we don't roll our clocks back here in the USA until October 31/November 1 at 2 AM. [/quote]
    Yep.

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