Miss the Classic Clock in Windows 10? Here’s How to Get It Back

Dave LeClair 18-12-2015

When it comes to new versions of Windows Windows 10 Can Auto-Remove Software Against Your Will Windows 10 is uninstalling software it doesn't consider compatible. Have you been affected? We show you which applications you could lose and why. Read More , people always have mixed reactions. Some love the differences and are excited to embrace the changes while others fondly remember the old days How to Go Back to Your Favorite Boot Menu from Windows 7 If you don't like the graphical Windows boot loader, here's a quick way to bring back the classic one from Windows 7. Read More and want to go back.


In the case of the Windows clock, some people miss the old analog one that popped out when you clicked the time at the bottom right of the screen. If you count yourself among them, don’t worry, because we’ll show you how to bring back the old one.

First things first, we’re going to be doing a little registry editing How Not to Accidentally Mess Up the Windows Registry Working with the Windows registry? Take note of these tips, and you'll be much less likely to do lasting damage to your PC. Read More . It’s a little scary, but if you follow the instructions carefully, you’ll be just fine!

Registry Editor Windows Clock

Pop open the Cortana search bar and type regedit. Click the top result to launch the Windows registry editor.

Next, in the sidebar, navigate through the folders to the following: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ ImmersiveShell.


Right-click anywhere in the white space on the right side of the window, mouse over New, then click DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new item UseWin32TrayClockExperience. Right-click on the key you just made, select Modify, and set the value to 1.

Click the time and date on the system tray and you’ll see the old clock back.

What Windows 10 thing do you wish was more like Windows 7 or 8? Share with us in the comments!

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Related topics: Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. 7goblu
    December 22, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Thank you for sharing this step-by-step info to get the more eye-pleasing calendar back!

  2. Anonymous
    December 21, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Great post, thank you this..

  3. Anonymous
    December 18, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I was a little nervous at first changing items in regedit, however the instructions given were very precise and by going slowly and following each step I was able to successfully get the clock back into my tray.. Thanks for the tip, simple as it might seem not able to find this anywhere and it was very easy to do.. Thanks