How to fix Windows time problems

Question: The time on my Windows 98 computer is never right. It’s as if the clock is slow. I have replaced my system battery and it’s still a problem. Any ideas? –C.M.

Answer: Windows 98 has some known issues with time and date routines. Microsoft’s knowledge base (article ID Q243039) suggests that this is caused by third party screensavers, anti-virus programs, or system utilities.

The article recommends disabling this program to make the problem go away. I know, isn’t it hilarious?

You can also try disabling the advanced power management feature in your BIOS, which may also be responsible. You can turn it off during the system boot-up. Watch for a command on-screen to go into setup. It’s usually a function key like F1 or F10. Check in the manual that came with your motherboard for further help.

Frankly, the easiest way to make this problem go away is to disallow Windows from running the time and date. Rename (or delete) the file timedate.cpl in the c:windowssystem folder. Then Windows will be forced to grab the time and date directly from the BIOS. The BIOS (also referred to as the CMOS) is the hardware and software controls that are the equivalent of the life support systems of your computer.

Be aware, though, that this procedure will keep you from accessing the calendar or resetting time and date by clicking on the time in the right lower corner of your screen.