How To Fix DNS Server Not Responding on Windows 10 - Windows Basics


Friday, September 21, 2018

How To Fix DNS Server Not Responding on Windows 10

Fix DNS Server Not Responding on Windows 10: If you can’t access the internet or any website through the internet, the first thing any of us do is run the network troubleshooter which returns the error “The DNS server  isn’t responding” or “Your computer appears to be correctly configured, but the device or resource (DNS server) is not responding”. The error is caused when the Domain Name Server (DNS) is not able to resolve the website IP address.

Solution 1: Restart Your Router
An easy fix for the DNS server not responding issue is restarting your router. Take these steps:
1.Remove the power cord from your router.
2.Wait about 10 seconds or so after all lights on the router go out.
3.Reconnect your power cord to the router.

Solution 2: Change your PC's DNS settings using Control Panel
To change the DNS settings on your Windows 10 device using Control Panel, do the following:
1.Open Control Panel.
2.Click on Network and Internet.

3.Click on Network and Sharing Center.
4.On the left pane, click on Change adapter settings.

5.Right-click the network interface connected to the internet, and select Properties.

6.Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list.
7.Click the Properties button.

8.Click the Use the following DNS server addresses option.
9.Type your preferred and alternate DNS server addresses. Here you can enter any DNS servers you want, including from free ones such as Google Public DNS or OpenDNS.
Google Public DNS addresses: and
OpenDNS addresses: and
10.Click OK.

11.Click Close to apply the new DNS settings to the adapter.

Solution 3:Clear the DNS Cache
To clear/flush the DNS cache, follow the steps below:
1.Select Start, type “command prompt” in the search box, right-click Command Prompt, and select Run as administrator.

2.At the command prompt, type the following commands and hit Enter after each other:
  • ipconfig /flushdns
  • ipconfig /registerdns
  • ipconfig /release
  • ipconfig /renew

You have successfully cleared the DNS Cache. Now, check if the error has been resolved.


Solution 3: Update Network Adapter Drivers
1.Press Windows key+ R and type “devmgmt.msc” in Run dialogue box to open device manager.

2.Expand Network adapters, then right-click on your Wi-Fi or Reaktek PCIeFE Controller and select Update Drivers.

3.In the Update Driver Software Windows, select “Browse my computer for driver software.

4.Now select “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.

5.Try to update drivers from the listed versions.
6.Reboot to apply changes.

Solution 4: Disable VPN/antivirus/firewall software
If you have recently installed any VPN, antivirus, or firewall software, you should try disabling it. Sometimes, such software are known to create issues – and so we need to rule out this possibility.

Solution 5: Disable Proxy
If you are using any Proxy server on your system, you should disable it to check if it is creating problems or not.
1.Click on Start, select Settings and navigate to Network & Internet Proxy
2.Next open Internet Properties and click LAN settings.

3.Uncheck Use a proxy server for your LAN

If issue persist, follow the steps from the below article to Reset Internet Explorer settings and then try to disable the Proxy in Internet Explorer.

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