DNS Server not responding Error on Windows 11 or windows 10

If you are getting a “DNS Server Not Responding” error on your Windows 11, don’t panic. Just follow the fixes on this post, and you’ll get your system back up in no time.

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DNS server not responding problem is one of the very common problems for Windows 11 or 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 with this problem, here are some effective solutions to fix DNS servers not responding on Windows 11.

What is a 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 the 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 the DNS server or the DNS server stops responding, you cannot access the websites through the Internet.

How to fix DNS server windows 11

  • 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 appear 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 the Internet connection working properly.

restart DNS client service

Flush DNS cache 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 /flushdns
  • ipconfig /registerdns
  • ipconfig /release
  • ipconfig /renew
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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)

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

  • Press Windows key + R, type ncpa.cpl and click ok to open the network connections window,
  • Select your network adapter and right-click on it and go to Properties
  • Double click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  • Select the radio button, Use the following DNS server addresses option
  • And set your DNS here Use Preferred DNS: 8.8.8.8 and Alternative DNS 8.8.4.4

Switch to Google DNS

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

Here are some of the free DNS providers and addresses you can use:

  • Google: 8.8.8.8 | 8.8.4.4
  • OpenDNS Home: 208.67.222.222 | 208.67.220.220
  • Cloudflare: 1.1.1.1 | 1.0.0.1
  • AlternateDNS: 76.76.19.19 | 76.223.122.150
  • AdGuard DNS: 94.140.14.14 | 94.140.15.15
  • Quad9: 9.9.9.9 | 149.112.112.112

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 are 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 is fixed or not.

Disable IPv6

Some users report disable IPv6 to 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.

In addition, start windows 11 in clean boot state and check if there is no more problem access internet on your device.

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