Windows 11 timezone bug

Microsoft is aware of a bug in Windows 11 (and Windows 10) that could spam notifications asking for permission to change your time zone. If you’re affected, you’ll get a notification stating that Windows has detected a change in time zone, and it will suggest that you change your time zone to match your location.

“Every day, and multiple times each day, Windows sends a notification asking for permission to change the time zone. This is very irritating because the time zone has no reason to change and has not changed. I’m in France, and the PC has not changed its location. The time zone is CET (CEST in summer),” one of the affected users noted in a post on Feedback Hub.

Windows 11 Timezone bug

Windows Latest also received one of these alerts out of nowhere. What’s particularly interesting is that these notifications appear repeatedly in a loop whether or not you select “Accept” or “Ignore” to the request.

As shown in the above screenshot, Windows 11’s Date & Time notification warns that a “Time Zone change” has been detected and that “due to a location change, a new time has been detected. If correct, hit Accept to set.”

If you click “accept” or the notification bubble, it will open the Date & Time settings page, where everything appears normal.

Windows 11 Date & Time settings

When Windows Latest searched the official forums, we noticed that users had been flagging the problem for about three weeks now.

I asked Microsoft for more details, and one of the support staff told me the company is aware of an issue where time zone change is incorrectly detected in some rare cases. A fix is already being prepared.

“This is the 2nd system where this pop up about me changing time zones has occurred. After I set the date and time (Central time zone), why does Windows think that I have moved 455 miles to the East? Fix your darn OS Microsoft,” another affected user flagged the issue in a Feedback Hub post.

In some rare cases, this has occurred for several months (once each day), but now occurs even more often, about twice each hour (and the frequency is constantly growing).

The good news is that Microsoft is investigating the reports and could publish a server-side fix in the coming days.

But the time zone glitch isn’t the only bug plaguing Windows 11. As reported earlier last week, Microsoft has confirmed three bugs in Windows 11 23H2 and older security updates, including an issue where the Photos app could fail to launch.

Another bug blocks users from upgrading to Windows 11 Enterprise from Pro edition. The third bug is linked to Windows 11’s mobile integration (Phone Link), which causes high CPU usage.

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