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Windows 7: My clock is slow O_o

17 Nov 2009   #31

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)

Okay guys...been doing computer repair for 20 years and I've NEVER heard of a dead or dying CMOS battery making the clock run SLOW. The only thing the battery does is retain the current settings and time for when the computer is turned off. It has NO bearing on the speed of the clock.

Are you running any Norton software? They have had known issues with interfering with proper timekeeping.

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29 Jan 2010   #32

Windows 7 x64

I got this same problem.
But you guys have System Explorer installed too?
I may be wrong but after installing this software problem occured
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30 Jan 2010   #33

Windows 7 Professional x64 (MSDN)

SystemExplorer Homepage

Are you referring to this? If so I'll check it out, and maybe try installing it later.
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31 Jan 2010   #34

Windows 7 x64

yes exactly , just day after, my clock turn slow motion.
For example i just reinstalled my OS from Windows 7 E Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate and after installing SysExp this sam happend. It could be coincidence or not...
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11 May 2012   #35

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snives View Post
Sorry, I forgot completely to post back after I found the issue about a month ago. Thanks for posting to remind me kareeem. I tracked it down to a power setting, "HPET". Disabling it fixed all of my issues. My copy of Win7 is the x64 OEM professional release done on MSDNAA. Given the nature of what HPET is, I am guessing this is either a chipset or more likely BIOS issue that needs to be sorted out still.

High Precision Event Timer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thank you for this! I realize this is an ancient post, but this solution solved it exactly for me, without going through the PITA of changing the CMOS battery (on a motherboard that is less than 4 months old)
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10 Sep 2013   #36

Win7 Home Premium 64

This is going to sound crazy, but this works!

Over a two-day period, I tried every suggested remedy that I could find, both on the blogs and on Microsoft's outdated and virtually worthless "knowledge" base - I re-booted in Safe Mode and ran SpyBot Search & Destroy, then I replaced the battery and reset the BIOS, I selected and re-selected all the known time servers on the planet. I tried everything - even suggestions that I knew couldn't possibly resolve the issue, everything except truly dangerous things involving tampering with registry entries, and replacing the motherboard. The clock would still begin to lose time as soon as it was reset. Not only was it messing with virtually every time-sensitive application on the system, but it was literally driving me crazy.

I finally ran across an entry on an Adobe InDesign blog, posted by a user who, like me, was a graphic artist, and whose clock issues were messing with his workflow. He had inadvertently discovered a fix for his system while updating his creative suite. He recommended that I try the same thing, so as the last resort of a man clinging to the ragged edge of my sanity, I did... and it worked!

In this order, I uninstalled Adobe Reader, changed the Time Zone on the clock to anything other than the correct one for my location, then re-booted the system. When it came back up, I re-set the clock to the correct Time Zone, then re-installed (directly from a new, free download) the latest version of Adobe Reader, then re-booted.

That was yesterday, and the clock hasn't lost one second since. I have an atomic clock on the wall over my monitor and both clocks advance to the next minute within milliseconds of each other. I was just so thrilled with this that I had to come back to this blog and share it in the event that it just might work for someone else.

BTW, I'm running Win7 64.

Michael in Strawberry
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