TimeZone specifies the time zone of the computer.

For a list of available time zones, use the tzutil /l command to view the available time zones in Windows 8. For more information, see Tzutil Command-Line Options.



Specifies the time zone of the computer. Time_zone is a string that has a maximum length of 256 characters.

If the time zone is not specified, Windows creates a default time zone value that is based on the installed language and region that are specified in an answer file.

If a region has more than one time zone, the default time zone for that region is specified by the location of a capital or a major city. For example, if en-AU is specified, AUS Eastern Standard Time is used as the default time zone because the Australian capital, Canberra, uses Australian Eastern Standard Time. If en-US is specified as the UserLocale, the time zone of the Windows installation defaults to Pacific Standard Time.


  • The time zones that are specified in Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM) are not localized.

  • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is now known as Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Valid Configuration Passes




Parent Hierarchy

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup | TimeZone

Applies To

For a list of the Windows editions and architectures that this component supports, see Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup.

XML Example

The following example shows how to set the time zone to China Standard Time (UTC+08:00).

<TimeZone>China Standard Time</TimeZone>

The following example shows how to set the time zone to Pacific Standard Time (UTC-08:00) without observing daylight savings time (UTC+01:00).

<TimeZone>Pacific Standard Time_dstoff</TimeZone>


Tzutil Command-Line Options