How to Set Date & Time on Windows CE

Written by steve brachmann
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Windows CE is a rudimentary operating system platform developed by Microsoft during the mid-1990s which is primarily used today by mobile device makers to create a user interface for their gadgets. Although different mobile devices may feature great differences in the interface, any device utilising Windows CE will retain much of the operating system's structure, including the Control Panel. When trying to adjust the date or time on your Windows CE device, you can find the adjustable date and time properties through the Control Panel display.

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  1. 1

    Open Window CE's terminal connection manager by selecting the "Start" button, then left-click on "Programs." In the menu that appears, select "Connection Manager."

  2. 2

    Press the F2 button to open the Terminal Properties dialogue box. From this window, select the fourth tab in the top margin entitled "Control Panel."

  3. 3

    Double-click on the folder icon entitled "Date/Time" to open that folder. If your computer is still set to factory default settings, Date/Time should be the eighth folder shown in the Control Panel.

  4. 4

    Manually adjust the clock settings from the "Date/Time Properties" dialogue box that appears. From this window, you can change the date, adjust the time down to the second and select your time zone from a drop-down menu. Click the arrows on either side of the month if you need a month later or earlier than the one displayed in the Date/Time window. You can key in the exact time, or you can approximate the time to the minute with the up-down arrows to the right of the time display.

Tips and warnings

  • If not selected, you can click the box labelled "Automatically adjust clock for daylight saving" found underneath the time zone menu if you don't want to manually adjust the time when daylight savings occurs.

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