DNS server is not responding on windows 10? Apply these solutions

A number of users report internet connection gets disconnected after install recent windows updates. for some others Suddenly cannot access any websites through the Internet. And while running the internet & network troubleshooter results “DNS server is not responding” Or “The device or resource (DNS server) is not responding”

“Your computer appears to be correctly configured, but the device or resource (DNS server) is not responding” error message in Windows 10/8.1/7″

Let’s first understand what is DNS

DNS Stands for (Domain Name System) server designed to translate the website address (hostname) into the IP address for your browser to connect to. And IP address to Hostname ( website name).

For example, when you type the web address www.abc.com on your chrome browser web address bar the DNS server translates it into its public IP address: for chrome to connect and open the web page.

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And anything wrong with DNS server, Cause temporary glitch where DNS server fails to translate the Hostname/IP address. As result, the web (Chrome) browser unable to display web pages or we are unable to connect to the internet.

Fix DNS server is not responding on Windows 10

This is probably a result of any misconfiguration of your windows settings, corrupted DNS cache, Modem, or Router. Sometimes, Your antivirus or firewall may create this type of problem. Or maybe the problem with your ISP service provider. Whatever the reason here apply the solutions below to get rid of this “DNS server is not responding “Error.

Start with Basic Restart the router, modem, and your PC.
Remove the power cord from the router.
Wait at least 10 seconds after all lights on the router have gone out.
Reconnect the power cord to the router.

Also, Make sure you have clear your Browsers Caches and Cookies from your PC. Better run System optimizer like Ccleaner to clean up browser cache, cookies with one click.

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Remove unnecessary Chrome extensions which might be causing this issue.

Temporarily Disable Security software ( Antivirus ) if installed, Firewall and VPN connection is enabled and configured on your PC

Start windows into clean boot state and open the web browser ( check internet connection working or not ) to check and make sure any third-party application, startup service not causing DNS server to not responding.

Configure the TCP/IP settings

Configure the TCP/IP settings. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Select Start > Control Panel.
  2. Select View network status and tasks under Networking and Internet.
  3. Select Change adapter settings.
  4. Press and hold (or right-click)  Local Area Connection, and then select Properties.
  5. Select Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) > Properties.
  6. Select Obtain an IPv6 address automatically > Obtain DNS servers address automatically > OK.
  7. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) > Properties.
  8. Select Obtain an IP address automatically > Obtain DNS servers address automatically > OK.

Use the Ipconfig command-line tool

Also try to flush DNS cache and re-configure the network configuration ( such as release current IP address and request a new IP address, DNS server address from DHCP server ) is a very useful solution to fix internet connection problems.

To do this click on start menu search, type cmd. From search results right-click on Command prompt and select Run as administrator. Now At the command prompt, type the following commands. Press Enter after each command.

ipconfig /flushdns

ipconfig /registerdns

ipconfig /release

ipconfig /renew

Reset network configuration and DNS cache

Now type exit to close the command prompt and restart windows. On the next login check, the internet connection started working.

Manually Enter DNS address

Press Windows + R, type ncpa.cpl, and ok to open the network connections window. Right, click on active network adapter select properties. Here double click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) to open its Properties.

Now select the radio button “Use the following DNS server addresses” and type the following:

Preferred DNS server:
Alternate DNS server:

Enter DNS server address manually

Also, make sure to tick mark on “Validate settings upon exit”. Click ok to make save changes. Close everything Now you may be able to fix DNS Server Not Responding on Windows 10.

Manually Change MAC Address

This is another effective way to fix DNS server not responding/ Internet connection not working on windows 10. Simply open the command prompt and type ipconfig /all. Here note down the Physical Address ( MAC ). For me its: FC-AA-14-B7-F6-77

get the physical (MAC) address

Now press Windows + R, type ncpa.cpl and ok, Then Right-click on your Network adapter and select Properties. Select “Client for Microsoft Networks” then click on Configure.

select client for Microsoft networks

Switch to the Advanced tab then under Property select Network Address. And now select Value and then type the Physical Address which you noted earlier. (Make sure to remove any dashes while entering your Physical Address.)

Manually Change MAC Address

Click OK and reboot your PC to save changes. After the restart see Internet connection started working and there is no more DNS Server Not Responding on Windows 10.

Also, Right-click on the start menu select Device manager, expand the network adapter. Right-click on the installed network adapter/WiFi Adapter and select update driver. Follow on-screen instructions to let windows check and install the latest available driver for your Network/WiFi adapter. If windows didn’t find any try to reinstall the network adapter driver.

Did these solutions help to fix DNS server is not responding on Windows 10/8.1 and 7? Let us know which option worked for you.

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