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Easily Fix “DNS Server is not Responding” in Windows 10.

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The DNS Server is not responding notification that you are getting in Windows 10, is an error that occurs whenever your Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) DNS server is down.

A DNS server is a service that enable you (your browser) locate the computer that a website you are trying to access is hosted in. So, when the DNS server of your ISP is experiencing a downtime, or is not responding, you will not be able to access any website or online platform.

When the DNS server is not responding error pops up, you should know that this is a temporary problem, that your ISP will work hard to resolve. But if it seems that they are taking too long to fix it, or if you call their customer service, and they said they have fixed it, but you are still getting the error, then the guide below will help you resolve the issue, and get you back online.

Fix 1: Restart

In order to fix the DNS server is not responding error, it is highly recommended that you restart your Router.

Doing this will ensure that your router gets the new DNS details from your Internet Service Provider.

Then, restart your browser, and your computer if necessary, so that they too will synchronize with your Router and get the new DNS server details.

Fix 2: DNS Cache

DNS cache is a service in your Windows 10 computer which saves important information about the DNS servers your ISP have connected you with over the time.

This service (DNS cache) keeps your connection to those DNS servers always open and easily accessible, thus making your internet connection fast.

Sometimes, the DNS cache in your Windows 10 computer can be the culprit of your getting the DNS server is not responding error. So, if the first fix above did not resolve the error, you should consider clearing this cache. The guide below will show you how to clear the DNS cache in Windows 10.

How to Clear DNS Cache in Windows 10

Step 1: Use the Search function in the taskbar to search for CMD or Command Prompt.
In the result, Right-click on the Command Prompt app result, and then click on Run as administrator.

opening command prompt from search in the taskbar

Step 2: Once it opens, type in the following code below, and hit the Enter button on your keyboard after each of them.

ipconfig /flushdns

ipconfig /registerdns

ipconfig /release

ipconfig /renew

That is all. This should resolve it.


Read: What Does it Mean to Run a Program as Administrator in Windows 10?


Fix 3: Switch to Another DNS Server

If the DNS server from your Internet Service Provider is what is causing the problem, and you cannot wait for them to fix the issue, then you can manually switch to a different DNS server, such as Google Public DNS, or PublicDNS by Cisco.

Below, I provide a guide on how to switch to the DNS server of Google. The same process can be applied if you want to switch to that of Cisco or any other DNS server that you know and trust.


Read: How to Clear an app Cache on Android and iOS Smartphone.


How to Change the DNS Server in Windows 10

Step 1: Use the Search function in the taskbar to search for View Network Connection.
From the result, click on the View Network Connection Control Panel option to open it.

Opening Windows 10 Network Connection Control Panel page using Search in the taskbar

Step 2: Now, Right-click on Wi-Fi, and then on Properties. If it is Ethernet (a telephone-like wire) you are using for your internet connection, then it is the Ethernet option you should right-click on.

opening the WiFi adapter properties in Windows 10

Step 3: From the Properties box, look for Internet Protocol Version 4 and Double-click on it.

Open Internet Protocol Version 4 in Windows 10

Step 4: Next, select the Use the following DNS server addresses option.
Type in 8.8.8.8 in the Preferred DNS server field, and 8.8.4.4 in the Alternate DNS Server field.
Finally, click the OK button to save and apply your change.

changing the DNS server in a Windows 10 computer

Note: the 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 DNS server details I provided for you above is that of Google Public DNS as of the time I am writing this post.
If you do not want to use that of Google, or it has changed when you want to apply it, then please edit the Preferred and Alternate DNS Server field accordingly.

So, there you have it. These are the most perfect and easiest ways to fix the DNS Server is not responding issue you are experiencing.



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