Allow or Prevent Users and Groups to Change Time in Windows 10

Allow or Prevent Users and Groups to Change Time in Windows 10

How to Allow or Prevent Users and Groups to Change Time in Windows 10

Your PC’s system clock is used to record the time whenever you create or modify files on your PC.

Time is a measure in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future, and also the measure of durations of events and the intervals between them.

Each group in Windows has its own default rights and permissions. When a user is a member of a group, the user will be assigned the rights and permissions of the group.

By default, only members of the Administrators group are able to change the system time in Windows 10.

See also: Change the system time – security policy setting (Windows 10) | Microsoft Docs

This tutorial will show you how to allow or prevent specific users and groups from being able to change the system time in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to allow or prevent users and groups from changing the system time.

Contents

  • Option One: To Allow Users and Groups to Change Time in Local Security Policy
  • Option Two: To Prevent Users and Groups to Change Time in Local Security Policy
  • Option Three: To Allow or Prevent Users and Groups to Change Time in Command Prompt

OPTION ONE

To Allow Users and Groups to Change Time in Local Security Policy

Local Security Policy is only available in the Windows 10 ProEnterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Three below.
1 Press the Win + R keys to open Run, type secpol.msc into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Local Security Policy.

2 Expand open Local Policies in the left pane of Local Security Policy, click/tap on User Rights Assignment, and double click/tap on the Change the system time policy in the right pane. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on the Add User or Group button. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on the Object Types button. (see screenshot below)

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5 Check all the boxes for Object types, and click/tap on the OK. (see screenshot below)

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6 Click/tap on the Advanced button. (see screenshot below)

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7 Click/tap on the Find Now button, select the name of the user or group (ex: “Everyone”) you want to add, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

If you like, you can press and hold the Ctrl key to select more than one user and/or group.

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8 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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9 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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10 When finished, you can close Local Users and Groups if you like.

OPTION TWO

To Prevent Users and Groups to Change Time in Local Security Policy

Local Security Policy is only available in the Windows 10 ProEnterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Three below.
1 Press the Win + R keys to open Run, type secpol.msc into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Local Security Policy.

2 Expand open Local Policies in the left pane of Local Security Policy, click/tap on User Rights Assignment, and double click/tap on the Change the system time policy in the right pane. (see screenshot below)

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3 Select the user or group (ex: “Everyone”) you want to remove, and click/tap on the Remove button. (see screenshot below)

If you like, you can press and hold the Ctrl key to select more than one user and/or group.

Do not remove LOCAL SERVICE since this is used by Windows.

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4 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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5 When finished, you can close Local Users and Groups if you like.

OPTION THREE

To Allow or Prevent Users and Groups to Change Time in Command Prompt

1 If you haven’t already, you will need to do the following below before continuing on to step 2 below.
A) Download the ntrights.exe file below from the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools.
 Download
B) Save the ntrights.zip file to your desktop, and unblock it.

C) Open the ntrights.zip file, copy or move the ntrights.exe file into your C:\Windows\System32 folder, and click/tap on Continue to approve.
2 Open an elevated command prompt.

3 Type the command you want below into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)
(Add user or group)
ntrights +r SeSystemtimePrivilege -u "User or Group"

OR

(Remove user or group)
ntrights -r SeSystemtimePrivilege -u "User or Group"

Substitute User or Group in the command above with the actual name of the user or group (ex: “Everyone”) you want to add or remove for this policy.

For example: ntrights +r SeSystemtimePrivilege -u "Everyone"

Do not remove LOCAL SERVICE since this is used by Windows.
4 When finished, you can close the elevated command prompt if you like.
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