Auto Time Zone Updater (tzautoupdate) Service Defaults in Windows 10

Automatically sets the system time zone.

Default Settings

Startup type:
Windows 10 Home 1507N/A
Windows 10 Pro 1507N/A
Windows 10 Education 1507N/A
Windows 10 Enterprise 1507N/A
Windows 10 Home 1511Manual
Windows 10 Pro 1511Manual
Windows 10 Education 1511Disabled
Windows 10 Enterprise 1511Manual
Windows 10 Home 1607Disabled
Windows 10 Pro 1607Disabled
Windows 10 Education 1607Disabled
Windows 10 Enterprise 1607Disabled
Windows 10 Home 1703Disabled
Windows 10 Pro 1703Disabled
Windows 10 Education 1703Disabled
Windows 10 Enterprise 1703Disabled
Display name:Auto Time Zone Updater
Service name:tzautoupdate
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\tzautoupdate
  • SeAuditPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeSystemTimePrivilege
  • SeTimeZonePrivilege

Default Behavior

Auto Time Zone Updater is a Win32 service. It is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it in Windows 10 Home 1511, Pro 1511, Enterprise 1511. This service is disabled in Windows 10 Education 1511, Home 1607, Pro 1607, Education 1607, Enterprise 1607, Home 1703, Pro 1703, Education 1703, Enterprise 1703. When the Auto Time Zone Updater service is started, it is running as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a shared process of svchost.exe along with other services. If Auto Time Zone Updater fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the tzautoupdate service has failed to start due to the error.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Auto Time Zone Updater

1. Select your Windows 10 edition and release, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win10_tzautoupdate_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The tzautoupdate service is using the tzautoupdate.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows 10 installation media.