How to resolve GMT – BST time zone issue in Windows Mobile

Are you having issues in active syncing your Windows Mobile phone with your PC, especially with regards to the daylight savings time?  Then this might just be what you are looking for.

Due to a bug in the Windows Mobile phone and the Manila software (TouchFlo 3D), the daylight savings time does not get reflected in the mobile system and thus it always shows the Winter time (i.e., the GMT rather than BST) for us in the UK.

Microsoft has provided a solution to this problem and the solution is present here on Microsoft’s website.

** Do not worry about what Microsoft says on their site, as in this is for year 2008. The fix will resolve your problem for this year as well.

How to apply the solution?

  1. Download the WMDST2008-1.CAB from the above link.
  2. Transfer it to the Mobile and execute the same on your device.
  3. Soft reset the device (it would anyways automatically do that)
  4. Use the time sync software (Example SP Timesync) to sync the time as per your time zone.

If this does not resolve the problem ..

Check the Regional settings to ensure that you are in the correct region.

Change the time zone (i.e., for me I changed from GMT – London to GMT + 1 – Paris) and soft reset.

Use the time sync software to sync the time with the updated time zone.

Reset back to your current time zone (i.e., GMT – London) and it should show you the correct time zone.


But, there are still limitation of this solution.. 

If you ever go back to change the time via Manila (i.e., by clicking on the time on the Manila clock), you would have to repeat the process over and again.  So avoid doing that … !

Always use the Windows Native clock to change the time or to set / unset your alarms.


Hope this helps. 

Please comment on my post with your experience. Your experience will help me learn more.  Many thanks

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