Dear Lifehacker, I recently bought a new laptop and it cam pre-installed with Windows 8. I’m still coming to grips with the different changes but it’s OK so far. My one major gripe is the clock. My laptop’s clock does not seem to keep time.
It loses 30 to 45 minutes at a time. I change the time servers and the clock works for an hour or so but the problem persists, even with a full internet connection. How can I fix this? Will downgrading to Windows 7 fix the problem? Thanks, Timeless
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Based on what you’ve told us, we’re pretty sure that this is a hardware, rather than software, issue. So a downgrade to Windows 7 is highly unlikely to make any difference.
What happens if you disable the time server and just set the clock manually? Does the time still drift? If not, then it might be possible that the time server you’ve connected to is having the problem.
Given that your purchase is recent it sounds like a trip back to the retailer is in order if the clock does indeed still drift when the time is set manually. Hardware faults happen on every platform, but this isn’t one that’s worth just putting up with.
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