How To Fix An Error Occurred While Windows Was Synchronizing Issue

The Date and Time app of your Windows PC goes far beyond just displaying the date and time. There are a lot of Windows services that require the Date and Time settings to be correct, for instance Windows Update, without which you would miss some very important updates on time, or you may miss a Windows Store app download on time.

Microsoft introduced an Automatic clock synchronization service long time back that lets the Windows OS manage the Date and Time settings in tune with the time zone. This helped avoid any Windows services issues arising due to the Date and Time settings. Microsoft also advises users to sync the time settings using the which is an online server.

So, when the synchronization fails with the Windows OS, you encounter the “An Error Occurred While Windows Was Synchronizing” Issue in your Windows PC. It’s clearly the time service that’s affected and has stopped running for some reason.

However, it’s a pretty common issue and it can be resolved easily. Let’s see how.

Method 1: By Re-Starting Windows Time Service

Step 1: Press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard together to open the Run command.

Step 2: In the Run command search field, type services.msc.

Hit OK to to open the Service Manager window.


Run Command Search Services.msc Ok


Step 3: In the Service Manager window, go to the right side of the pane. Now, under the Name column, look for Windows Time.

Right click and Restart the service.


Restart Windows Time Min


Step 4: After that, Double-click on Windows Time service to open its Properties dialogue box. Under the General tab, go to Startup type and set it to Automatic.


Windows Time Properties General Tab Startup Type Automatic



Step 5: Now go to the Service status and see if it’s running already. If not, then click on the Start button to start the service.

Press the Apply and then the OK button to save the changes and exit.


Windows Time Properties General Tab Service Status Running If Not Start Apply Ok


Now, you can proceed with your Windows Update or an app download from the Microsoft Store. If you are still seeing the error, you can try the 2nd method.


Method 2: Using Command Prompt

Step 1: Navigate to the Start button and in the search box, type Command Prompt.


Desktop Start Search Command Prompt


Step 2: Now, right-click on the result and select Run as administrator to run Command Prompt with admin rights.


Start Search Command Prompt Right Click Run As Administrator


Step 3: In the Command Prompt window (admin mode), execute the below commands one by one and hit Enter after each command:


net stop w32time
w32tm /unregister
w32tm /register
net start w32time
w32tm /config / /syncfromflags:manual /update

This will stop the Windows Time service, unregister it, register it back, and start the service again.


You can restart your computer and the error should be gone. You can easily update your Windows or download a Windows Store app.

Method 3 – Edit Update interval using regedit

1 – Open run by hitting Windows and R key

2 – Now, write regedit in the text box and click OK


3 – Now, go to the location written below in the registry editor. Just copy and paste the path to the navigation bar of registry editor window.


4 – Once you are there, in the right side, locate SpecialPoolInterval and double click on it

5 – Select Decimal

6 – Change the value data to 86400

7 – Click OK.

8 – Restart computer

Specialpoll Interval

Method 4 – Use VPN

Try to use VPN if you have VPN installed on your system and try again.

Method 5 – Sync Time Settings Using Time.Windows.Com

Before you go ahead to try any fix, make sure that you have synchronized the time settings with the online server. Here’s how to do it.


Step 1:  Press Windows key and R key together to open RUN.

Step 2: Type Timedate.cpl and hit Enter key from keyboard

Timedate Cpl Min


Step 5: Next, in the dialogue box, under the Date and Time tab, click on Change date and time.


Date And Time Dialogue Box Date And Time Tab Change Date And Time


Step 6: Now, select the Internet Time tab and press the Change settings button.


Date And Time Window Internet Time Change Settings


Step 7: In The Internet Time Settings dialogue box, check mark the box next to Synchronise with an Internet time server.

Now, click on Update now button next to the Server.

Press OK to save the changes. You will be back to the Date and Time dialogue box. Press the OK button here again to save the changes finally and exit.

Internet Time Settings Synchronise With An Internet Time Server Check Update Now Ok


Once you are done synchronizing the Windows with the online server, things should be fine, but if you still see an error message “An Error Occurred While Windows Was Synchronizing” issue in your Windows PC, you must then go ahead with the below solutions.