How to Get Back the Classic Tray Clock in Windows 10

The notification area clock (commonly known as the tray clock) user interface has changed in Windows 10, and old analog clock is gone. If you’re not very fond of the new clock and want the old analog version, you can revert back to the pre-Windows 10 style classic clock by employing a small registry edit.

Note: The registry value doesn’t work in Windows 10 version 1607 and higher.)

To bring back the old clock, start Regedit.exe and navigate to the following branch:


Create a new DWORD (32-bit) value named UseWin32TrayClockExperience

Double-click UseWin32TrayClockExperience, and set its data to 1.

Exit the Registry Editor. This change works instantly, requiring no reboot.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

6 thoughts on “How to Get Back the Classic Tray Clock in Windows 10”

  1. Doesn’t work for me either, once then I always hkeeop up to date with my windows 10
    I ran too fast, didnl;t notice it didnlt run on earlier versions before trying it – Will search for 3rd party


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