Technical glitch made Windows Time service send wrong time

Microsoft has apparently been a victim of a technical issue that is making the Windows Time Service send out wrong times. In fact, in some of the cases, the time read an hour ahead of the actual time. The reason why this is so bad is that one always relies on the server time stamp for the accuracy of the time, in fact, there was a time when I used to sync my analog wristwatch with the time on my Windows PC.

Windows Time Service sending wrong time

The issue was spotted by numerous users on Reddit followed by Twitter. Until now there is still no clarity on what is causing the problem.

The Windows machines and the Internet Information Services are affected by this error. Sending the wrong time stamp is a breeding ground for problems, heck even the primary security mechanisms refer to timestamps and with this technical glitch they might as well fail to safeguard.

The worst part is that the problem persisted for an elongated time frame of more than 9 hours and according to Redditors the problem has been fixed now.

Interestingly this is not the first time that a similar problem has been reported. Microsoft is yet to comment on this issue. This is definitely not the first time it has happened but the scale of the issue seems to be alarming.

I just hope that no security systems were compromised or damaged in any way. Also, it’s advisable to check the accuracy of your system (Windows Time) clocks every now and then. While the problem has been fixed now, if is not syncing properly, you could change your Time Server.

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Mahit Huilgol has been using Windows on PC and Mobile since long. He has been following Microsoft developments from close quarters and loves writing about it.

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