Windows 8 like many other operating systems keeps the time correct by synchronizing your local time with the online time servers like the ones served by US government. Windows 8, like its predecessors, uses the Microsoft time server by default. The Microsoft time server works very good but its not as fast as the pool of time servers supplied by the ntp.org site. If you want to change your Windows time servers to the faster and more reliable ones, then you can follow the instructions given below :
- Switch to Windows desktop, by pressing the hotkey Win + D.
- Right-click on the system clock shown in the bottom-right corner of the Windows desktop. Select Adjust Date/Time from the right-click context menu as shown,
- In the Date and Time window that opens, select the Internet Time tab by clicking on it. Then click on the button labeled Change Settings as shown,
- Type in the new time server address e.g., pool.ntp.org. You can also click on the drop-down list and choose a pre-entered time server like time.nist.gov. Finally click on the button labeled OK. If you want to update the time from the server before saving the new server in the settings, you can click on the Update now button.
- That’s it. You have successfully changed the time server for Windows 8. Now Windows would use this new time server for synchronizing your PC clock with the time supplied by the time server.
If you want to find a time server geographically located near you, then you can visit the http://www.pool.ntp.org/ website. It manages the list of all the publically available time servers in the world. Choosing a time server located near you is better because its response time would be much faster.