How do I disable an XP clock time change?

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How do I disable an XP clock time change?
The time on your watch may not match your computer's time if someone changes it. (time image by Bradlee Mauer from

The Windows Group Policy Editor gives computer users quick access to Windows settings. By updating some items in the Group Policy Editor, you also update the system registry that stores these settings. Use the editor to grant and remove user privileges computers on your network or even on your local computer. This tool is useful when you need to disable the system clock in Windows XP and prevent users from changing the clock time.

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  1. 1

    Click the Windows "Start" menu and click "Run" to open the "Run" window.

  2. 2

    Type "gpedit" in the textbox and click "OK" to execute the command. Windows will open the Group Policy editor. The editor contains folders that contain other folders. To access the folder that contains system clock settings, you must navigate through the folders.

  3. 3

    Double-click these folders in the following order: "Computer Configuration," "Windows Settings", "Security Settings," "Local Policies" and "User Rights Assignments." The "User Rights Assignments" folder will open and display a list of policies and security settings.

  4. 4

    Locate "Change the System Time" in the list and double-click it to display the "Change System Time Properties" window. This window contains a list of users with the authority to change the clock time.

  5. 5

    Click the first user in the list to highlight the name, and click "Remove." Repeat this process for every name in the list. Then click "OK" to close the window.

Tips and warnings

  • Use the Group Policy Editor to manage access to other system items such as the Recycle Bin, toolbars and your desktop. See Resources. Home versions of Vista and XP do not have the Group Policy Editor. (See reference 4, search for "Home editions ").

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