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The system date reflects the current values in the Control Panel Date/Time tool. You do not have to click OK or Apply for the system to reflect a new value.


Windows NT 4.0

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT 4.0 or the individual software update. For information on obtaining the latest service pack, please go to:
  • 152734 how to obtain the latest windows nt 4.0 service pack
For information on obtaining the individual software update, contact Microsoft Product Support Services. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information on support costs, please go to the following address on the World Wide Web:;EN-US;CNTACTMS

Windows NT 3.1, 3.5, and 3.51

To work around this behavior, it is recommended that you synchronize your date with a computer on your network. To do this, type the following command at an MS-DOS command prompt, and then press ENTER:
   net time [\\computername | /domain[:domainname]] [/set]
Alternatively, make sure that any services that record data along with date information are paused or stopped while the date is changed.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 5.


The system will reflect the current value for the duration of time that the tool is open. If you click Cancel, the system date will revert to its original setting. Any files saved during the time the tool is open with an adjusted date will reflect the adjusted date in the modified field.

For additional information about this issue with Windows 95 or Windows 98, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
174229 Control Panel Date/Time Tool Changes the Date
237493 System Date Reflects Changes While Date/Time Tool Is Open
189706 Windows Clock on Taskbar and in Date/Time Tool Loses Time


Article ID: 194078 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 3.0
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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