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Solved: DNS Server not responding Error on Windows 10

No Internet Access, DNS server not responding after windows 10 1809 upgrade? Here 5 effective solutions to apply.

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DNS server not responding problem is one of the very common problems for Windows 10 users. When you try to connect to the internet, You may face no internet connection problem. If you Run the Network Diagnostic tool find a problem with this message ‘Your computer appears to be correctly configured, but the device or resource (DNS server) is not responding’.This is a terrible problem for a windows user. This Error Occur when the DNS server that translates a domain name doesn’t respond for any reason. If you are also struggling from this problem, here some effective solutions to fix DNS server not responding on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7.

What is DNS server

DNS stands for Domain name server is an end to end server which translates web addresses (we provide for searching a particular page into the actual address of the web page. It resolves the physical address into IP address. Because computer only understands IP addresses) so that you can access and browse the internet.

In simple words, when you want to access our website: https://howtofixwindows.com on Chrome, the DNS server translates it into our public IP address: 108.167.156.101 for Chrome to connect to.

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And if something goes wrong with DNS server or DNS server stops responding, you cannot access the websites through the Internet.

How to fix DNS server windows 10

  • Restart the router or modem through which you are connected to the Internet (just turn off the power for 1 -2 minutes) also Restart your Windows device;
  • Check if the Internet is working on your other devices and whether DNS errors appears on them too;
  • Did you recently install any new programs? Some antiviruses with a built-in firewall, if misconfigured, can block Internet access. Temporarily disable Antivirus and VPN (if configured) And check There is no more problem connecting to the internet.

Check DNS client service Running




  • Press Windows + R, type services.msc and ok to Open the Services management console
  • Scroll down, and look for DNS client service,
  • Check if its running state, Right click and select restart
  • If DNS client service not started, double click to open its properties,
  • Change the startup type automatic, and start the service next to service status.
  • restart windows and check Internet connection working properly.

restart DNS client service
restart DNS client service

Flush DNS and Reset TCP/IP

Type cmd on start menu search right click on command prompt select run as administrator.

Now type the following command and press Enter after each one:

  • netsh winsock reset
  • netsh int IP4 reset
  • ipconfig /release
  • ipconfig /flushdns
  • ipconfig /renew

Reset Windows sockets and IP

Restart windows and check Flushing DNS Fix DNS Server Not Responding Error in Windows 10.

Change DNS address (Use google DNS)

Changing the DNS address is the first step to fix DNS server not responding Error. To Do This

  • Go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.
  • Now click on Change Adapter Setting.

change adapter setting
change adapter setting

  • Select your network adapter and right click on it and go to Properties
  • Double click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  • Now set your DNS here Use Preferred DNS: 8.8.8.8 and Alternative DNS 8.8.4.4

change DNS address on windows 10

  • You also can use open DNS. That is 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220.
  • Checkmark on validate settings upon exit.
  • Restart windows and check problem resolved or not.

If changing DNS didn’t fix the problem, then open Command Prompt.

  • Type IPCONFIG /ALL and press enter.
  • Now you will see your Physical Address Right down it. Example: FC-AA-14-B7-F6-77.

ipconfig command

Press Windows + R, type ncpa.cpl and ok to open the network connections window.

  • Right click on your active network adapter select properties.
  • Here under the advanced tab find Network Address in the property section and select it.
  • Now mark on value and type your physical address without dashes.
  • Example: My physical address is FC-AA-14-B7-F6-77. So I’ll type FCAA14B7F677.
  • Now click on OK and restart your PC.

advanced network settings

Update Network Adapter Drivers

  • Press Windows + R type “devmgmt.msc” and ok to open device manager.
  • Expand Network adapters,
  • Right-click on the installed network adapter and select Update Drivers.
  • Select the option “Search automatically for updated driver software”
  • Let windows check for the latest driver update, if available this will down and install automatically.
  • Restart windows and check there is no more Network and internet connection problems.



If the above didn’t work then go to the manufacturer’s website and install the latest updated driver. Reboot to apply changes, and check the problem fixed or not.

Disable IPv6

Some users report disable IPv6 help them to fix the DNS server problem.

  • Press Windows + R, type ncpa.cpl and ok,
  • Right click on active network/WiFi adapter select properties,
  • Here uncheck the option Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IP)
  • Click OK then click Close. Reboot your PC to save changes.

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