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FIXED: Windows 11 Time Zone Greyed Out

The guide focuses on resetting Local Group Policy, updating Windows 11, and repairing corrupt system files to counter the time zone problem on Windows 11.

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I stumbled upon the Windows 11 time zone greyed-out error where all time-related settings, automatic and manual, were unresponsive. It could have been due to denied location access, restrictive Group Policies, inaccurate Registry settings, or limited user profile control. Therefore, I tested a couple of fixes, such as correcting Registry configurations to target the trouble at hand.
 
Key Takeaways
  • The error may arise due to corrupt files, inaccurate system settings, disabled location services, and more.
  • Allow location access, enable Windows Location Provider, and tweak Group Policy to solve the issue.
  • Do not mess unnecessarily with the Registry Editor and Group Policy settings. If something goes wrong, the system may malfunction.

Method Difficulty Rating

Enable Location
Rated: 3/10

Windows Registry
Rated: 6/10

Local Group Policy
Rated: 6/10

Time Zone Greyed Out In Windows 11
Time Zone Greyed Out In Windows 11 (Image By Tech4Gamers)
Important: Ensure you are logged in to the computer with Administrator access. Also, disable the option to Set Time Zone Automatically to configure it manually.

Try power cycling the PC and updating Windows before moving on to other fixes. 


Allow Location Access

It is necessary to give the computer permission to track your location for better performance and uninterrupted usability of its features. I believe it is an invasion of privacy if a user is forced to enable their location to use basic Windows features, such as the time zone settings.

Nonetheless, turn on the location services in the Settings interface, which will ultimately fix the problem as it did for others in the Microsoft Community. So, enable apps and Windows to access your physical location via the following technique.

  1. Head To Location Menu: Launch the Settings > Highlight Privacy And Security on the left > Location.  
    Select Location Settings
    Select Location Settings (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. Enable Location Access: Turn on Location Services and Let Apps Access Your Location features via the respective toggle switches > Restart the computer.
    Turn On Location
    Turn On Location (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Use The Windows Registry Editor

Registry Editor contains the user configurations and other settings related to the OS and its installed apps. You can change the system/app permissions and other features by tweaking the relevant registries.

Hence, using the Registry, I set the computer’s time and date settings based on the current location data. After making the necessary changes, I performed a restart and got the time zone option back in my control. 

  1. Execute Run Code: Simultaneously press Windows+R > Type regedit > OK.
    regedit
    Type regedit (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. Type Address: In the Registry Editor, enter the address in the search bar:
    Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\tzautoupdate
  3. Locate Start DWORD: Find Start and double-click on it.
    Start
    Select Start (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. Modify Value Data: Change the Value Data to 3.
    Change Value Data
    Change Value Data (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  5. Get Location Update: Next, verify if the computer is allowed to access your current location. Go to the search bar and write:
    Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\location
  6. Select Registry: Double-click Value.
    Value
    Press Value (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  7. Allow Location Access: Set it to Allow > OK.Allow
WARNING: Be vigilant while performing this fix since any incorrect configuration can lead to system malfunction. 

Resort To Local Group Policy

The Local Group Policy is a database of different policies that you can use to configure system behavior. By altering the location-related settings to Not Configured or Disabled for the particular policy, the programs can use Windows Location Provider to fetch your computer’s current location.

During my research, I found this method in Microsoft Learn initially tailored for Windows 10, but I tested it on Windows 11, and the results were positive. 

  1. Search In Run Box: Again, open the Run > Execute gpedit.msc.
  2. Navigate To Windows Components: Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components.
    Windows Components
    Navigate To Windows Components (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Pick The Setting: Choose Location And Sensors > Windows Location Provider.
    Location Provider
    Choose Location Provider (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. Choose Relevant Policy: Double-click on Turn Off Windows Location Provider.
    Turn Off Location Provider
    Turn Off Location Provider (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  5. Authorize Windows Location Provider: Modify to Not Configured by marking the circle beside it > Apply > OK.
    Not Configured
    Mark Not Configured (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Final Words

This has been a recurring problem for users across Windows 11, as seen in threads on Reddit and Tech Support Forum. Still, there has been no official response by Microsoft to tackle the user complaints. 

Time Zone Greyed out Windows 11
byu/Mauri_64 inWindowsHelp

Plus, Windows 10 users experienced the same issue and had to resort to workarounds similar to those mentioned above to change the time on their computers.

Until the company releases newer patches aimed at solving the time zone greyed-out issue in Windows 11, use the solutions I discussed since they were effective for me and my team in bringing back the control over time settings.


Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Change My Time Zone If It Is Greyed Out?

Ensure that time-related Services are running properly, modify Registry settings, or enable location services to change the time zone.

Why Is My Time Zone Greyed Out On Windows 11?

Incorrect computer settings, faulty cache/user profile, restrictive location access, and Group Policies are some reasons for this error.

What Should I Do If These Fixes Do Not Work?

Reach out to Microsoft Support or take your computer to a technician to diagnose the underlying problem.


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