- On Windows 10, you can no longer bring back the Classic clock to the Taskbar, as Microsoft has completely removed the experience. As a result, using “UseWin32TrayClockExperience” option in the Registry won’t work.
UPDATE 10/25/2023: Windows 10 brings a lot of new features and improves many of the shortcomings of the previous version. However, not all changes Microsoft is introducing in the new operating system will suit everyone.
If you enjoyed the old analog-style clock from Windows 8 and Windows 7, then you can use a very simple registry change to replace the new digital-style clock in Windows 10 with the old clock.
This guide will walk you through the steps to bring back the classic Clock experience to Windows 10.
Enable classic Clock on Windows 10
To enable the classic Clock experience on Windows 10, use these steps:
Open the Start menu, do a search for regedit, and press Enter.
Browse the following path:
On the right pane, right-click, select New, DWORD (32-bit) Value, and name it UseWin32TrayClockExperience.
Double-click the new entry and set its value from 0 to 1.
There you have it. Now, click the time on the system tray, and you should see the classic Clock back in Windows 10.
In the case you want to revert to the new Clock experience, simply follow the same instructions mentioned above, but instead of creating a new entry, you’ll need to select the UseWin32TrayClockExperience DWORD and press Delete.
Update October 25, 2023: This guide has been updated to note that this method no longer works on Windows 10.