Windows 10 – not a new name! I hope, most of you currently using the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build version: 9926. In this release, Microsoft added a new clock to the tray but as a special trick in registry. Thanks to Bavo Luysterborg for sharing the same on Twitter.
In this Tips and Tricks post of my Windows 10 series, I am going to share the trick to change the UI of the clock in Windows 10 Technical Preview version 9926.
It’s a long time Microsoft actually changed the UI of the tray clock in Windows. In Windows 10 Technical Preview build version 9926, Microsoft tried to showcase a different UI to the Windows Insider. It’s not available by default when you install the build, thus you will not find it without doing a trick by modifying the Windows Registry.
Before proceeding further, please note that, playing with registry is critical to Windows and might cause your OS to behave differently and/or crash your system. Only play with registry entries if you are an advance user.
To change the UI of the tray clock, you first need to open the registry editor with admin rights, navigate to the proper path and create a new DWORD value. That’s all. You will see a modified version of the clock popup in the screen. Follow the below mentioned steps in order to set this:
- In the “Run” dialog, type “regedit” and hit enter or click OK.
- Navigate to the below registry key:
- Create a new DWORD (32-bit) value and name it as "UseWin32TrayClockExperience"
- Value of “UseWin32TrayClockExperience” should be set as “0” (by default)
Now click on the tray clock. You will see a new popup UI in the screen as shown below. If you want to bring back the previous clock UI, just navigate to the same registry key and delete the DWORD value “UseWin32TrayClockExperience” that you have created. Path to the registry key is: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>Software>Microsoft>Windows>CurrentVersion>ImmersiveShell”.
In the new clock UI, additional clocks do not pops up as we had earlier but clicking on the “Additional clocks” link navigates you to the Alarm app where you can add additional clocks.
Once again remember that, playing with registry can cause the system to crash. So only play with it if you are an advance user and knows what needs to be done in such case. Thanks to @BAV0 for sharing this nice trick on Twitter.
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