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. Before move to Troubleshooting first let’s know What is DNS And What are the reason Behind this DNS server not responding Error.

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.

Reasons Behind DNS Server Not Responding Error

1. Due to corrupted DNS Service.
2. Due to security firewall certainly blocked your PC and working as a barrier, didn’t communicate with websites.
3. Any internal problem in the network adapter or router.
4. Maybe any security firewall certainly blocked your PC and working as a barrier.

Basic troubleshooting

1.  Power down the modem and the router.
2.  Disconnect all devices from the modem.
3.  Turn on the modem.
4.  Connect the router to the modem and turn on the router.
5.  Connect devices to the router and power up.

Fix DNS server not Responding Error

As the problem DNS server not Responding changing the DNS address can mostly fix your problem. Changing the DNS address is the first step to fix DNS server not responding Error. To Do This

First, 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 and double click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Now set your DNS here Use Preferred DNS: and Alternative DNS

change DNS address on windows 10
change DNS address on windows 10

You also can use open DNS. That is and

Now open Command Prompt. To open it just go to Start and type CMD. Then press enter.

Type IPCONFIG /ALL and press enter.

ipconfig all
ipconfig all

Now you will see your Physical Address Right down it. Example: FC-AA-14-B7-F6-77.

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.

advanced network settings

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.

Flush The DNS of Your Computer

If the problem still stands, then you will have to “flush the DNS” to fix the problem. To do this open command prompt as administrator, And perform command below. Note: press enter key after each command to execute the same.

  • ipconfig /flushdns ( To remove all the DNS cache entry which just might resolve the problem).
  • Next type ipconfig /release ( To release the current IP address ).
  • ipconfig /renew (  To renew a new Ip address from DHCP server ).
  • Now Type ipconfig /registerdns to register the DNS address.
  • And last type netsh winsock reset. Once done, restart your computer and check if the problem still exists.

Re-adding Winsock Registries to Fix DNS Server not Responding

To fix DNS server not responding what you can do is readding Winsock registries. You can backup it and delete the originals. Then restart your PC. Again, Add it from the backup and restart your windows computer.

Press Windows + R, type regedit and ok to open windows registry editor. First backup registry database and Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Services.

Right click on Winsock and select Export.

Now, Give it a name, for example, winsock1.reg and click on Save.

winsock backup saves Do the same thing for Winsock2.

Now, Again right click on Winsock and Winsock2 and select Delete to delete these registries.  Restart your PC.

Again, Open Windows registry editor and navigate to the same location.
registry import menu  Click on File from the menu and select Import. Select the backuped registry and click on open. after successfully import, Restart your PC again and check if it fixes the problem DNS server is not responding.

These are some best working solutions to fix dns server not responding Error on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7 computers. I hope after perform this steps your problem will get solved. Still have any query suggestion feel free to comment below.

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