I don’t know why, but my Windows tablet is two hours off on the time display. It’s exactly two hours off, though, so it seems to be getting the time off the network, just for the wrong timezone. How do I check, and how do I fix my timezone setting?
That’s good detective work to notice that your tablet has exactly the right time, it’s just off two hours. If it were off, say, 37 minutes then I’d suspect that it wasn’t syncing time from the network and was just off. Knowing the minutes are correct, however, isolates the problem.
Sometimes tech support involves putting on your Sherlock Holmes deerstalker cap and grabbing your virtual meerschaum pipe (though actually Holmes never smoked a meerschaum pipe in the stories. But that’s another story entirely) then making cogent observations and eliminating possibilities with the goal of coming up with a theory on what’s going on, however improbable. Then you test and hopefully fix!
But back to your specific issue. To duplicate the problem, I’ve already set my own Windows 8 tablet to be in the wrong timezone.
How do I know? Because the time’s wrong, that’s how. It’s just about 5pm and here’s what I’m seeing on the screen:
Notice that the weather app has correctly identified my location, but the time subsystem hasn’t figured out that I’m not in Central time.
Okay, so how do I fix the wrong timezone?
Swipe in from the right to get to the main set of Charms, them tap on “Settings”. It’ll look like this:
From this point, tap on “Change PC settings” on the lower right.
You’ll move into the “power user” settings area, which looks like…
On the left go down the list and find “Time and language”.
Tap on it.
Now you’ll see the needed settings, rather neatly displayed:
As you might expect, tap on the current time zone displayed and pick the one that’s appropriate for your region.
There are quite a few:
I’m not in Central Time but rather Mountain Time, so I’ll tap the correct entry and I’m done.
Next time I check the current time by swiping the Charms bar on screen, it’s correct:
Not too bad, all in all.
If you’re not seeing the correct time even with the timezone being set properly, go back to the “Time and language” settings and ensure that you have “set time automatically” selected. That’ll fix things (at least once you connect to a wifi network).