[time-nuts] Setting Windows XP clock.

Hal Murray hmurray at megapathdsl.net
Sun Jul 13 15:00:07 EDT 2014

albertson.chris at gmail.com said:
> 1) It is set to use an NTP server called  "time.windows.com"
> to set the clock.
>  3) The above is working as well as it has ever worked.
>   Nothing has changed at Microsoft's end. 

It may be more complicated than that.

time.windows.com is a cname for time.microsoft.akadns.net
That's Akami's DNS magic to give you the closest/best server.
I'm in Silicon Valley.  I get either or only works some of the time.  It's not random packet drops.  It 
drops out for a while, then recovers. is similar, but seems to work more often, at least from my 
hacking of the last few minutes.

Both IP ranges are assigned to Microsoft.  Neither responds to pings.

You will probably see different results if you are in a different location.

These are my opinions.  I hate spam.

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