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Change The Internet Time Synchronization Update Interval In Windows XP Through Windows 8

This article will show you how to change the NTP Internet Time Synchronization update Interval to sync more often in Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, 7, Server 2008, Server 2012 and 8.This could be used as a workaround if your system clock is constantly out of sync or slow, even though it says the sync was successful.
NOTE: Windows gets the initial time from the BIOS/CMOS. Check to see if the time and date is correct in it. If the time is always incorrect the CMOS battery on the motherboard may be weak or dying. You will need to replace the battery. This is usually a lithium button cell, type CR2032.

Warning: Do not change the Interval to less than every 14400 seconds (4 hours), or your computer might get your computer's IP address banned by some time servers.

Press the Windows + R keys to open the run dialog.
Then type regedit and press enter.
If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7/8).
In regedit, navigate to the key:

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In the right pane, right click on SpecialPollInterval and click on Modify. (see the screenshot above)
Select (dot) Decimal. (see the screenshot below)

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Type in how often you want it to update the time in seconds and click OK. (see the screenshot below)
NOTE: The default time is every 604800 seconds (7 days). For every day, use 86400 seconds. (60 seconds X 60 minutes X 24 hours X 1 day)

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Close regedit.

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