Windows 8 : Restoring Missing Default Time Zones

Is the Change time zone button in your Windows 8 system not working? Upon trying to change the time zone the button on the system does not work or upon deciding to change the time zone you notice that the time zones changing option is missing on the system. Here is the tutorial how you can get back or restore the missing default time zones in Windows 8.

default Time Zones

Many users at some point time might come across the situation where they might need to change the Time zone, but when you try to look for the option to change the time zone, you find that option missing or it is simply not working. Here is how you can restore the missing Default Time Zones in Windows 8.

Follow the steps given below to restore Default Time Zones

Before following the steps, make sure that you are signed in as an administrator and have set a restore point in the system as the tweak below deal with changes made in the Windows registry.

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Steps to Restore Default Time Zones

In order to restore the Default Time Zones, you need to create a .reg file, which will make the changes in the system registry to get back the default tine zones.

  • Open notepad and copy the following entries

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Time Zones]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Time Zones]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Time Zones\Afghanistan Standard Time]
“Std”=”Afghanistan Standard Time”
“Dlt”=”Afghanistan Daylight Time”
“Display”=”(UTC+04:30) Kabul”

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Time Zones\Alaskan Standard Time]
“Std”=”Alaskan Standard Time”
“Dlt”=”Alaskan Daylight Time”
“Display”=”(UTC-09:00) Alaska”

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Time Zones\Alaskan Standard Time\Dynamic DST]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Time Zones\Arab Standard Time]
“Std”=”Arab Standard Time”

  • Next, save the file with .reg extension to the desktop.
  • Now run the file by double clicking on it.
  • This will merge the newly created .reg file to Windows registry
  • Upon prompted by UAC (User Acccount Control), click Yes, and OK
  • Finally restart the Windows 8 system to apply the changes.

Upon completion of the procedure you can delete the .reg file from the desktop. When the system restarts you can find that all the default time zones in Windows 8. Now you can change the default time zone as per your need.


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