How to make Windows automatically update the system time based on your location

There’s one little thing, one minor issue that occasionally bugs me about Windows.

Whenever I’m traversing time zones with my laptop I have to manually adjust my timezone at the destination.

I get to the hotel thinking my system clock will reflect the new location but invariably it shows the time zone of the source.  In my case, it’s always (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).

Apparently Mac OS X users don’t have this problem and that’s what makes it worse!

I don’t know of an integrated way to make Windows automatically aware of my time zone but there’s a $12 dollar solution that claims to do the job.

I should start by saying I haven’t tested this program in a different timeszone so I can’t vouch for it; however, since it’s free for 30 days and is relatively small, you have nothing to lose by checking it out.

It’s aptly called Time Traveller and it promises to handle all that time jazz for you.

To get started, grab the 30 day trial and install it on your PC.  I installed my copy on my Windows 8.1 Update 1 PC.

TimeTraveller Installation

Kick open the installer and just breeze through the defaults.  I only had two screens to zip through: Next and Finish.

After running the app it simply sits in the system tray silently waiting for your location to change.

Time Traveller for Windows 8.1

The nice thing about TimeTraveller is that there are no settings to tweak and the footprint is very small.

TimeTraveller Footprint is small

Hopefully Windows will build this functionality into Windows 9 (or whatever they’re calling it these days) but until then TimeTraveller might be the answer.

Have you had success with TimeTraveller or know of any other Windows programs that perform the same function?  Don’t be shy, let me know in the comments!

Update! I’ve been using Time Traveller for several days already (this was a scheduled post that I wrote weeks in advance) and noticed it incorrectly set my timezone to Pacific time when I connected to my home network.  It doesn’t happen all the time but I definitely noticed the issue.

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