How to fix DNS server not responding on Windows

DNS servers play a crucial role in accessing any websites on the internet. You need to first access DNS server whenever you want to access any website. The DNS  translates your websites address so that your browser can open the websites. If you are experiencing a problem accessing websites even with the stable internet connections, you probably have issues with your  DNS.

Most of the internet connection problems are attributed to DNS errors. You cannot access websites when your DNS fails to respond. To potentially solve the problem you need to first run Windows Network troubleshooter in order to identify the root cause of the problem. This article outlines various solutions to tackle DNS errors. 

How to fix DNS Server Not Responding 

First, run the Windows Network troubleshooter to confirm if the internet connection problems are caused by DNS errors. After troubleshooting, try to identify the root cause of the problem from the results.  You may get an error The DNS server isn’t responding. There are various solutions to fix the problem. Read on to resolve. 

The following solutions help you fix the internet connection problem caused by DNS errors.

  1. Clear DNS cache
  2. Reset your IP
  3. Update Network driver
  4. Manually change your DNS server address and IP address
  5. Disable your antivirus and Firewall
  6. Restart your modem or router

1.Clear DNS cache

Clear DNS Cache
  • On the Windows Start menu, type cmd in the search box.
  • Right-click on Command Prompt from the search results and click Run as administrator from the menu.
  • On the Command Prompt terminal type the command ipconfig /flushdns.
  • Once the DNS resolver cache is successfully flushed, Restart your computer.
  • Launch your browser and try to access any website. Check if you are able to access website successfully.
  • If the problem still persists, proceed to the next solutions mentioned below.

2. Reset your IP

  • On the Windows Start menu, type cmd in the search box.
  • Right on Command Prompt from the search results and click Run as administrator from the menu.
  • On the Command Prompt terminal type the command ipconfig /registerdns 
  • Now type the command ipconfig/release and press Enter 
  • After the command is successfully executed, type the command ipconfig/renew and press Enter.

3.Manually change your DNS server address and IP address

Change your DNS to Googles public DNS server to fix the internet connection issues. Here is how to do it. 

  • Press Windows Key +X simultaneously on your keyboard and click Network Connections from the menu.
  • Click Change adapter settings at the bottom of the page.
  • Right-click on your network connection and click Properties from the drop-down menu.
  • Select Internet Protocol Version 4((TCP/IPv4)  in the Properties window and click the Properties button.
  • Click on the radio button with the option Use the following DNS server address.
  • Next to Preferred DNS server option, type 8.8.8.8. You can also give Preferred DNS server as  208.67.222.222.
  • Now next to Alternate DNS server, type 8.8.4.4. You can also give alternate DNS server as 208.67.220.220.
  • Click OK to confirm the changes. 
  • Restart your system and check if the problem is resolved. 

4.Update Network driver

  • Press Windows Key +X  simultaneously on your keyboard and click Device Manager from the menu.
  • Select the Network adapter and right-click on your device from the dropdown menu. 
  • Click Update device from the drop-down menu.
  • Restart your computer and check if the error is fixed.
  • Once done check if the problem is resolved. 

5.Disable your Firewall

  • On your Start menu, type Control Panel and click on it from the search results.
  • Navigate to Windows Defender Firewall.
  • Click Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off on  the left side of the window
  • click radio button Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommend).

6.Restart your modem or router

Most of the DNS problem is solved by performing power cycle of your modem or router. Doing this clears routers cache and helps to fix network errors. Here is how to do it 

  • Turn off your modem by pressing the power button on your modem or router.
  • Wait for at least 30 seconds and press the power button again to turn it on.

That’s all.

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