8 Ways To Fix System Clock Runs Fast Issue

8 Ways To Fix System Clock Runs Fast Issue: If you are facing this issue where System Clock always run faster than the usual time then chances are you must have overclocked your PC or this could be simple CMOS settings. This could also happen when Windows Time service is corrupt which is pretty easily fixable. The main issue is the system clock constantly sets itself 12-15 minutes faster than the usual time even though you have reset your clock. Within few minutes after adjusting you time or resetting it, the issue could come back again and your clock would again run fast.

8 Ways To Fix System Clock Runs Fast Issue

In many cases, it’s also found that the system clock is tampered by a malicious program or virus which keeps on messing with the system clock and some other system functions. So it would be a good idea to run a full system scan by antivirus to make sure this is not the case here. So without wasting any time let’s see how to actually fix System Clock Runs Fast issue in Windows 10 with the below-listed troubleshooting guide.

Note: Disable overclocking your PC would fix the problem, if not then continue with the below-listed method.

8 Ways To Fix System Clock Runs Fast Issue

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Set Correct System Time in BIOS

On Startup press DEL or F8 or F12 in order to enter into BIOS setup. Now navigate to the system setup and locate date or time then adjust them according to the current time. Save changes and then exit BIOS setup to boot normally into windows and see if you were able to Fix System Clock Runs Fast Issue.

Set Correct System Time in BIOS

Method 2: Sync Time Server with time.nist.gov

1.Right-click on Date & Time and then select Adjust date/time.

Right-click on Date & Time and then select Adjust date/timeRight-click on Date & Time and then select Adjust date/time

2.Now make Sure Set time automatically is turned ON, if not then click on the toggle to enable it.

set time automatically in Date and time settings

3.Also, make sure to disableSet time zone automatically.

4.In the bottom click Additional date, time, & regional settings.

Click on Additional date, time, & regional settings

5.This would open Date and Time settings in Control Panel, just click on it.

6.Under Date and Time tab click Change date and time.

Click Change date and time

7.Set the correct date and time then click OK.

8.Now switch to Internet Time and click Change settings.

select Internet Time and then click on Change settings

9.Make sure “Synchronize with an Internet time server” is checked and from the server drop down select time.nist.gov and click Update now.

Make sure Synchronize with an Internet time server is checked and select time.nist.gov

10.Then click OK and click Apply followed by OK.

11.Close everything and reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 3: Fix Corrupted Windows Time service

1.Press Windows Key + X then select Command Prompt (Admin).

command prompt with admin rights

2.Type the following command in the cmd and hit Enter after each one:

net stop w32time
w32tm /unregister
w32tm /register
net start w32time
w32tm /resync

Fix Corrupted Windows Time service

3.Close the command prompt and reboot your PC.

Method 4: Perform a Clean Boot

Sometimes 3rd party software can conflict with System time and therefore the System Clock Runs Fast. In order Fix System Clock Runs Fast Issue, you need to perform a clean boot in your PC and diagnose the issue step by step.

Perform Clean boot in Windows. Selective startup in system configuration

Method 5: Run CCleaner and Malwarebytes

1.Download and install CCleaner & Malwarebytes.

2.Run Malwarebytes and let it scan your system for harmful files.

3.If malware is found it will automatically remove them.

4.Now run CCleaner and in the “Cleaner” section, under the Windows tab, we suggest checking the following selections to be cleaned:

ccleaner cleaner settings

5.Once you’ve made certain the proper points are checked, simply click Run Cleaner, and let CCleaner run its course.

6.To clean your system further select the Registry tab and ensure the following are checked:

registry cleaner

7.Select Scan for Issue and allow CCleaner to scan, then click Fix Selected Issues.

8.When CCleaner asks “Do you want backup changes to the registry?” select Yes.

9.Once your backup has completed, select Fix All Selected Issues.

10.Restart your PC to save changes.

Method 6: Run System Maintenance Troubleshooter

1.Press Windows Key + X and click on Control Panel.

control panel

2.Search Troubleshoot and click on Troubleshooting.

troubleshooting hardware and sound device

3.Next, click on view all in the left pane.

4.Click and run the Troubleshooter for System Maintenance.

run system maintenance troubleshooter

5.The Troubleshooter may be able to Fix System Clock Runs Fast Issue in Windows 10.

Method 7: Set Windows time service to Automatic

1.Press Windows Key + R then type services.msc and hit Enter.

services windows

2.Find Windows Time service then right-click and select Properties.

right-click Windows Time service and select Properties

3.Set the Startup type to Autmatic and make sure the sevice is running, if not then click on Start.

Set the Startup type to Autmatic and click Start

4.Click Apply followed by OK.

5.Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 8: Update BIOS (Basic Input/Output System)

Performing BIOS update is a critical task and if something goes wrong it can seriously damage your system, therefore, an expert supervision is recommended.

1.The first step is to identify your BIOS version, to do so press Windows Key + R then type “msinfo32” (without quotes) and hit enter to open System Information.


2.Once the System Information window opens locate BIOS Version/Date then note down the manufacturer and BIOS version.

bios details

3.Next, go to your manufacturer’s website for e.g in my case it’s Dell so I will go to Dell website and then I will enter my computer serial number or click on the auto detect option.

4.Now from the list of drivers shown I will click on BIOS and will download the recommended update.

Note: Do not turn off your computer or disconnect from your power source while updating the BIOS or you may harm your computer. During the update, your computer will restart and you will briefly see a black screen.

5.Once the file is downloaded, just double click on the Exe file to run it.

6.Finally, you have updated your BIOS and this may also Fix System Clock Runs Fast Issue in Windows 10.

If nothing helps then try to Make Windows synchronize time more often.

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That’s it you have successfully Fix System Clock Runs Fast issue in Windows 10 but if you still have any questions regarding this guide then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

3 thoughts on “8 Ways To Fix System Clock Runs Fast Issue”

  1. Try a little program from Softnik called NetTimeSys. You can launch it manually or have it start with Windows, and it runs nicely in the background, with an icon in the system tray (by the clock). Customize the settings which include intervals (frequency) and up to 4 options for time servers, where if one fails the next option will be tried.

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      Jackie Treehorn

      Albeit two years late, thanks very much for the suggestion, Blackie Nuff. I just downloaded and installed NetTimeSys.

      Funny enough, I was again frustrated with my computer’s drifting clock, went to Google, and found this same article again…and my comments from 2019 and your reply from 2020.

      It seems NetTimeSys may finally provide a suitable workaround.

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