This is in the “Synchonize your clock” under the Date & Time settings of Windows 10. The button “Sync now” lets me update my date and time according to the time server that is time.windows.com. This fails for no apparent reason.
Error message I have is “Time synchronization failed” in red text on top of the button.
I’ve done this before successfully.
These are the things that you can do.
First thing is to check your Internet settings. The snc requires that you are connected.
Second, if you are using a firewall program other than the stock Windows one, be sure that it is not blocking with the sync server. Allow it in the firewall. Temporarily disablng it is another way if you don’t want to add another rule.
The default Windows firewall that comes in every Windows 10 should not be interfering with the sync. Check to make sure anyway by searching for Windows Defender Firewall from the Start Menu. Go to Advanced Settings link found at the left-hand side of the firewall window. The Windows time syncing is set on port 123 as UDP protocol that connects to time.windows.com.
Next, check on the time service. Hit Windows + R key combo. A small appears. Type after Open – services.msc – then press OK. This runs the Services tool and a window will appear after. There is a long list in alphabetical order. Scroll all the way down to the Windows Time service.
First off the service should be running. If not, check the Startup Type is Automatic. If not, correct that type so it should be so it starts automatically. Then proceed to Start the service. If it is already running, press the Stop button and wait for it to finish. Then Start it again shortly afterwards.
Check if time can be sync successfully now.
There are other things that can be done, such as pointing to another time server that is not controlled by Microsoft. I won’t normally do this, but it can be done with some extra steps in configuration which I won’t tackle here.
How do I know if my computer of Windows 10 can be install to Windows 11? Will it immediatly update to the new Windows 11 version if yes? I have checked updates and installed all. However I am still got Windows 10. Nothing pops out to say I want to install Windows 11 or not. So a lot of people are saying about compatible hardware. How to check mine compatible?
A lot of PCs with Windows 10 running on it fail on the TPM 2.0 requirement part, although these are fairly capable machines. Even newer ones that are more than powerful enough (e.g. gaming machines) that don’t have the required TPM version so those fail the compatiblity check too. TPM is Trusted Platform Module and Microsoft’s minimum requirement for Windows 11 is version 2.0.
Then there is also the supported processor (CPU) where a number also fall short on with older hardware.
With the impending release of Windows 11, a lot of information has been thrown into the Internet leading up to the release date set on Tuesday – October 5, 2021. Which can be quite confusing with all that fanfare especially about the TPM 2.0 confusion.
There are a few things you can do to determine compatiblity from Microsoft. Read the official minimum system requirements – https://www.microsoft.com/en-ph/windows/windows-11-specifications#table1 – which is provided by Microsoft for Windows 11 compatibility. There is also a link there on how TPM 2.0 might be enabled on your machine.
You can also read more about the Windows 11 upgrade at the following official Microsoft pages:
If you do not want to read through all that content, Microsoft has also provided a quick way to check for Windows 11 compatiblity via a PC Health Check app. Download, install and then run the tool to get the results. It is only a few MB in size. Download link here: https://aka.ms/GetPCHealthCheckApp or you can also find the same information in #1 link in the list above (If you’ve only read it, right?).
You’ll probably get asked this once or twice. Especially when your Windows computer is not working right, and you are running all over the Internet trying to look for answers. Perhaps would-be good Samaritans might ask this off you as well.
And you reply, “Windows 10”. But rightfully so.
After all, isn’t that the Windows that is installed on your machine right now. Well, yes. Then again, no. No not in the sense that you are wrong. But sometimes the answer to the question of what Windows version is installed on your PC might be something else. Sometimes support may ask you this, and likely they will tell you how to give them the answer they are looking for. If you don’t already know this, then this can save time and misunderstanding. Below are the steps on how to get that information.
What version is my Windows?
- Go to the Start Menu. Click it. Press the Windows key
- Type “Run”. The shortcut key is Windows key + R.
- Type “winver” in the field labeled with Open. You may also type winver in the search box on your taskbar if you have that one.
- Click OK or press enter
- Small dialog Windows will pop out title – About Windows.
The information will be found on this pop up window. On the first few lines you should see something like:
Version 2004 (OS Build 19041.630)
Note: Don’t include quotes when typing in those words in the steps.
What are the freely available Clipboard programs, if any, for Windows 10? Are there such? I don’t want ads in it and I prefer it simple as possible. No crazy or complex features. I’m only after a simple copy-paste of the short history of what I’ve copied on my desktop. I find this useful for my productivity. I somehow always ending up in open a Notepad and copying the items in there. It works but a clipboard would be better in my opinion.
Windows 10 already comes with a built-in Clipboard Manager. This was from an update some time ago. However it is not enabled by default, buried somewhere in the Settings and you will have to activate it. This feature is not very well known. But it is there and it works as expected.
Open Settings via any of the following ways:
- You can either search for it if you have that search bar on your Windows taskbar.
- Start typing “Settings” when you have the Windows Start Menu opened.
- Open the Start Menu then, then click on the Gear icon on the left hand side of the menu.
- Windows + i shortcut key combo.
Once you are in Settings, go to System. That should be the first icon entry at the top.
You will be taken to another page where there are items at the left hand side. Scroll down and find Clipboard.
Under Clipboard history, toggle the button to On.
To get to your clipboard history, simply press Windows + V shortcut key combo. It will appear as a floating box over your last active application. Otherwise, it will show up on the right side of the desktop on top of the system tray.
The clipboard can contain a max of 25 entries. It is a FIFO (first in, first out) stack so the oldest entry will go out first once that entry limit is hit.
It supports plain text, HTML and images up to 4MB size.
Your clipboard history can be synced across your Windows devices. Be warned that if you enable this it means you are allowing Windows to save the history on Microsoft servers. Make sure you don’t have sensitive information in there when the Sync functionality is enabled.