This might be a severe hardware malfunction - or something simple. So let's try the simple things first.
First, I advise, try going into your computer's BIOS setup (also, tell me what maker and model of PC it is, please.)Setup is accessed on bootup by pressing an Fx key, usually either F2 (on Dell machines of recent vintage) or sometimes F10 or some other key - it generally indicates which, on your BIOS bootup screen, the first thing on screen when you power up.Check whether the time set *there* resembles at all, the time that is appropriate and local for you (I don't know your time zone.)Then, if it needs correcting, note that fact, and correct it, and exit from Setup, saving changes (but making no other changes, except to the time/date.)
Then, immediately after the change is saved, TURN OFF your PC. Don't let Windows boot up fully! a way to prevent that 'gracefully' is to press F8 repeatedly after exiting from Setup, until you get the 'Safe Mode' or bootup choices screen. Power off the PC at that point.
Leave for 5 minutes (or whatever interval it usually has taken, in your experience, for the time/date to set itself wrongly.) Then boot up again, and *go into the Setup again*, once more not allowing the PC to boot up. Is the time/date now rightly set, or has it gone wrong?
What this procedure determines, is whether you have a problem with the hardware of your PC/its internal real-time-clock, or whether your Windows software is corrupted or infected or afflicted.
See what happens, and get back to me with the results, what you observe. Do the procedure carefully, and you will get accurate results that will help your case.
I have a Dell xps m1330 laptop. ok I will follow your instructions. How do I get back to you, via the email link to this chat that you sent me?
(After the procedure above, boot up in Safe Mode - by pressing F8 repeatedly, just after the BIOS screen appears on power-up, until you get the b&w screen with a set of choices, one of them highlighted, Safe Mode a choice at the top - use up or down arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode, press <RETURN> key, and your PC will boot up in a 'minimal' mode of operation of Windows. Leave that that way for about 10 or 20 minutes - does the time/date reset itself? it may be checked in the usual way, in Safe Mode.)(This determines whether an accessory driver in Windows is corrupt, or perhaps just some add-on loaded in the normal mode. Safe mode bootup skips many many drivers that are somewhat accessory to the very most basic operations of Windows.)
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Here are the results:
I checked the BIOS clock and it was the same incorrect time as that shown on the desktop. I reset it to accurate and hit return but it did not start keeping time, it just stayed at the time I set. I turned off the computer as you said and let it sit, off, for 2 hours then started it in safe mode. The clock was accurate for about 1 1/2 hours but then reset itself 58 minutes earlier but keeping the accurate date. Prior to doing any of this the clock has been reseting itself within a few minutes of turning the computer on and always resets the date to a few days before but there is never any consistency to it.
I also tried resetting the BIOS clock again and again it did not start keeping time, I let the computer start normally, the desktop clock was also stuck until I clicked on it and then it started running.
I have a Dell xps m1330 laptop thats about 3 years old running Windows 7 professional.
There really aren't any other problems that I'm having with it. Everythings else works perfectly. My zip code is 92679
It does seem like an usual problem, I have looked for solutions on the internet but havent found any that really apply to my problem.
Thanks for your help.