BSOD and System Time

by admin on March 8, 2009

A very interesting thing happened to me this past week. We had imaged a bunch of machines using Ghost. We fired up the machines after the image install and the time was off by three hours. We went to go change the time and as soon as we hit the apply button, the machine would give us the Blue Screen of Death. This was on a Vista Business image. The interesting thing we found out was that the bios time was three hours behind and changing the time killed the machine. Now under normal circumstances the bios time should change to match the time you set it to. I still do not understand why it wouldn’t do it however, the fix to this was to change the bios time and then boot into windows. That solved the problem. I don’t know if this was a vista thing or an image thing but this is one to keep in the back of your mind if you come across this issue. The other caveat to this story is that we were logging on to a domain that sets the system time. I just thought this was interesting enough to post it. You may never come across this, but if you do, you will be thankful you read this post.

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