Windows 10 Services

Windows Time - Windows 10 Service

Maintains date and time synchronization on all clients and servers in the network. If this service is stopped, date and time synchronization will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

This service also exists in Windows 7, 8, Vista and XP.

Startup Type

Windows 10 version Home Pro Education Enterprise
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Default Properties

Display name:Windows Time
Service name:W32Time
Path:%WinDir%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
  • SeAuditPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeSystemTimePrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

The Windows Time service is running as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services might run in the same process. If Windows Time fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 10 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the W32Time service has failed to start.

Restore Default Startup Type for Windows Time

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 10 edition and release, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreWindowsTimeWindows10.bat file to any folder on your hard drive.

3. Right-click the downloaded batch file and select Run as administrator.

4. Restart the computer to save changes.

Note. Make sure that the w32time.dll file exists in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 10 installation media.