How to Use Group Policy to Set a Time Zone


Windows allows you to enter a time zone when you first install the operating system. Windows uses this information to configure the system time and automatically adjust it for Daylight Savings. If anyone changes this setting, the system time will be incorrect, potentially affecting the performance of some programs. However, using the Windows Group Policy Editor, you can set a time zone on the computer and prevent anyone from changing it without your authorization.

  • Click the clock in the bottom-right corner of the screen and then click "Change date and time settings."

  • Click the "Change Time Zone" button. Click the "Time Zone" drop-down menu in the window that appears and choose the time zone that you would like to set. Click "OK" twice to save your settings.

  • Click the blue Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen. Click inside the "Search programs and files" box, type "gpedit.msc" and press "Enter" to open the Group Policy Editor.

  • Double-click the "Windows Settings" folder under "Computer Configuration" on the left side of the window to open it.

  • Double-click the "Security Settings" folder.

  • Double-click the "Local Policies" folder.

  • Click the "User Rights Assignment" folder.

  • Double-click "Change the Time Zone" on the right side of the window. The group policy setting opens in a new window.

  • Click the user or user group that you would like to prevent from changing the time zone and then click the "Remove" button.

  • Click "OK."

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