Windows 10: Why are file Explorer and CMD 'dir' sometimes displaying different timestamps?

Discus and support Why are file Explorer and CMD 'dir' sometimes displaying different timestamps? in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; This was asked previously, and not fully answered. Not all files show different times; it appears that the display may only be different for files... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by Loren Meck, Aug 29, 2021.

  1. Why are file Explorer and CMD 'dir' sometimes displaying different timestamps?


    This was asked previously, and not fully answered. Not all files show different times; it appears that the display may only be different for files whose timestamp is not in the DST range when 'dir' is run at a time that is in the DST range and possibly vice-versa? Can someone please publish precise documentation on how timestamps are created, copied and displayed? Why does the same file sometimes have timestamps on two systems that display a one hour difference when the file is transferred through intermediate media like a thumb drive? And why do such files sometimes have timestamps that di

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    Loren Meck, Aug 29, 2021
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  2. chasw98 Win User

    Why are file Explorer and CMD Dir displaying differnt timestamps ?

    Explorer and properties screen show timestamp 6:49pm and Dir show 5:49pm (for Complete Live at ...)

    I have encountered this timestamp difference in files in several different folders.


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    chasw98, Aug 29, 2021
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  3. Why are file Explorer and CMD Dir displaying differnt timestamps ?

    Nope, DST difference. As Raymond Chen says (see second link below), "Whenever you hear the phrase 'off by an hour' you should immediately think 'Daylight Saving Time'".

    @chasw98: It's an old and well-known bug. Quoting Jonathan Gilligan
    (see first link below), "The time reported by dir for a file on an NTFS volume changes by an hour as we move into or out of daylight savings time, despite the fact that I haven't touched the file. FAT modification times are
    stable across DST."

    Beating the Daylight Savings Time bug and getting correct file modification times

    Why do Explorer and the command prompt interpret file times differently?

    Files modified outside Daylight Saving Time show Standard Time in Windows 7 Explorer

    Related info:
    Evolution of the File Property Timestamp
     
    RobertJWin, Aug 29, 2021
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  4. RGORD Win User

    Why are file Explorer and CMD 'dir' sometimes displaying different timestamps?

    desktop files not visable when using DIR from the CMD

    Hello,

    I tried what you suggested. When I entered Win+X I got an option for Windows Power Shell or Window Power Shell(Admin). I chose Windows PowerShell. When I opened the CMD I could navigate my way to C:\users\niels\Desktop.

    A Dir from the Command Prompt while in Desktop produces an empty folder...nothing there.

    However from the Windows 10 Desktop (i.e. the screen) I see all my files including a myexample.py file that I am looking for. If I use Windows explore to navigate to This PC>local Disk(cWhy are file Explorer and CMD 'dir' sometimes displaying different timestamps? :)>Users>niels>Desktop there are no files listed.

    How come that file I am looking (and other) are not visible when I use the CMD C:\users\niels\Desktop\Dir? Any thoughts.

    Rich Gordon
     
    RGORD, Aug 29, 2021
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