Every Windows related process involves time management to ensure uniformity and order of the running programs, especially when it is used on a server. A workstation or domain uniformly operating on a single operating system will be authenticated by W32Time; a time service tool included in the Windows OS and is required by the Kerberos authentication protocol. It is governed and controlled by the PDC, or the primary domain controller, which is the server computer for domains.

Why is It Important?

The network of systems and hardware controls time management in a workgroup, thus making authentication more secure. It also keeps track in the computers especially where the job or type of work relies on time efficiency such as corporations, call centers, or even the simplest aspects of computer rental shops.

Work on It

The program is already embedded on the system’s registry. It executes automatically upon establishment of the domain. However, since there are instances that may unlikely come up, such as errors, there are options wherein you can fix this. One is the online help where you can just click on a link that is connected with the Windows Online Help site. A program will then be downloaded from the sight. All you need to do now is install it and run. Just be reminded that the program might only work for English versions of Windows.
For those who want to learn how to do the troubleshooting on their own, here are steps on how to correct the problem. Just a warning though: meddling with your registry will cause major disaster so make sure that you follow the steps by the numbers and don’t try anything that is not in the steps. Altering the systems registry is highly advanced because every operation that the system processes relies in it. If you can follow instructions well or you have some basic programming knowledge, you can follow these to solve your problem. Another note: be sure that the PDC master is at default or not yet configured so it can synchronize itself upon the Windows Time Service restart.

  1. Be sure that you have an administrator account on the server computer. The click on START then select RUN. A box will then appear, then type in REGEDIT.
  2. A box will pop-up, wherein you can see several choices on the left-hand panel. Select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, then it will drop down a variety of choices. Just select the following in this order: system, current control set, services, w32time, and then click on the config folder. Look for announce flags on the main box. Right click it then select modify.
  3. A box will come out, titled Edit DWORD Value. Type A in the box that says Value Data.
  4. After doing so, click on OK and quit the editor.
  5. Click on START again, and then select RUN. Type in CMD to access the command prompt.
  6. You can then type in these to restart the Windows Time Service.

net stop w32time && net start w32time.

After doing these steps, the protocol will restart, leading the PDC to reconfigure itself. The steps are relatively simple. I just can’t repeat this enough though: the registry is one of the foundations of the operating system. Just make sure that you follow the steps properly and you’re on your way to solve the errors. Good luck!