When I was trying to connect to the internet, I have encountered “DNS Server not responding” error so many times. Not much help was given online. So, I started to research on my own and came with different solutions. Here, I am sharing the ways to fix “DNS Server not responding” error on Windows 7, 8, & 10 separately for the benefit of internet users.
- 1 DNS Server Not Responding Error
- 1.1 DNS Server Not Responding Error Windows 7: Solutions
- 1.1.1 Change Adaptor Settings
- 1.1.2 Fix “DNS Server Not Responding Error” Windows 7 using Reset DNS settings
- 1.1.3 To resolve ‘DNS Server Unavailable’ issue, restart the router.
- 1.1.4 DNS Server Not Responding Error: Solution using Safe Mode
- 1.1.5 Disable extra connections to fix DNS Server Not Responding Error
- 1.1.6 ‘DNS Server Not Responding’ Error: Solution using Software
- 1.2 DNS Server Not Responding Error Windows 8: Solutions
- 1.3 DNS Server Not Responding Error Windows 10: Solutions
- 1.3.1 FIX DNS Server Not Responding Windows 10 by Manually changing the DNS Server
- 1.3.2 Manually enter the MAC address to fix DNS Server Not Responding Error Windows 10
- 1.3.3 Find the latest Drivers and install it
- 1.3.4 Disable the antivirus and firewall software
- 1.3.5 Reset your IP and clear the DNS Cache.
- 1.3.6 Try restarting your modem
- 1.3.7 DNS Server Not Responding Error Windows 10: Solution using Safe Mode
- 1.3.8 Disable the Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport Adapter
- 1.3.9 Disable Internet Protocol V6
- 1.3.10 Disable additional connections
- 1.3.11 RELATED POSTS
- 1.1 DNS Server Not Responding Error Windows 7: Solutions
DNS Server Not Responding Error
A DNS Server maintains the public and domain names of the website just like a phonebook. By just typing the website URL to the browser, the system detects the address automatically. A DNS Server is nothing but a computer system which is registered to join the DNS (Domain Name System).
When the HOSTS names and files include invalid or old listings, the DNS server error occurs preventing you to connect to the internet. These files are updated by internet accelerator utilities without the knowledge of the users so, you need to fix it manually. Open the HOSTS file as notepad and check the list for the site you want to connect to. If you could find the entry, delete it and save the file. Now, you will most likely be able to get connected to the internet.
DNS Server Not Responding Error Windows 7: Solutions
Change Adaptor Settings
Step 1. Take a backup of the wired or wireless router and its firmware settings.
Step 2. To manually change the DNS server, follow the below steps:
- Open the Control Panel from your system.
- Go to Network and Sharing Centre.
- Click ‘Change Adapter Settings’ on the left side of the panel.
- Once you click on the option, you will see the adapters list. Click on the network adapter you want to use.
- Right click on your network adapter and go to the ‘properties.’
- Look for TCP/IPv4 and click on it. You will get to see the Internet Protocol properties.
- Select the option ‘Use the following DNS server addresses.’
- Enter the Preferred DNS address as 67.222.222 and Alternative DNS as 67.220.220.
- Click the ‘Validate settings upon exit’ checkbox.
- Click ok and exit from the screen.
Step 3. After this, you have to input the same DNS address in the router configuration.
Step 4. Start installing and configuring OpenDNS by going to http://www.opendns.com/
Step 5. Give the physical address in the network adapter setting.
- Open Command Prompt by typing ‘cmd’ in the start option and type IPCONFIG/ALL.
- Find your LAN network adapter and note down the physical address.
- Click on Start and type CPL.
- Right click on the network adapter and choose properties.
- Select Configure and click Advanced tab -> Network address.
- Select the redial button value and type the physical address you noted before. (Example: remove the dashes and type only the alphabets and numbers A86BAD20A237)
- Click Ok and reboot your system.
Step 6. Note down your Network Adapter model and look for the appropriate drivers from the manufacturer’s site. Install and update the drivers. This might solve your DNS issue.
Step 7. Make sure to disable the network firewall settings since there is a chance of firewall blocking the connection.
Fix “DNS Server Not Responding Error” Windows 7 using Reset DNS settings
If the above solution does not work, follow the below steps to fix your DNS Server not found issue.
Step 1. Open the command prompt.
Step 2. Type the following commands one by one:
- Ipconfig /flushdns -> press Enter.
- ipconfig /registerdns -> press Enter.
- ipconfig /release -> press Enter.
- ipconfig /renew -> press Enter.
- netsh winsock reset -> press Enter.
Step 3. By rebooting your computer, you can probably solve the DNS Server not responding issue.
Sometimes just by disconnecting the Wi-Fi router and restarting it can fix the DNS Server not responding issue. Unplug the router and leave it for 2 minutes. This will release the remaining charge and clean the memory. Then, plug and see. Use this before trying the complicated fixes and see whether the issue gets resolved.
DNS Server Not Responding Error: Solution using Safe Mode
If the problem persists still, try connecting to the internet in the Safe Mode. Some of the 3rd party software disturbs your connection. To rectify such a problem, try to open in Safe Mode. The advantage of Safe Mode is that it opens only needed Window files. Restart your computer and press F8 key to get the option to open the system in Safe Mode. If your internet connects fine without any problem then, some 3rd party software or anti-virus is causing you the trouble.
Disable extra connections to fix DNS Server Not Responding Error
If you have configured any numbers of connections, it is better to disable the unused ones. Most of the time, Windows installs them. The unwanted, extra connections can trouble your active network.
Follow the below steps to find the extra connections:
- Go to Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Centre -> Change Adapter Settings.
- Locate the extra and unused connections in your system.
- Simply right-click on that connection and press Disable.
This is an easy fix for the ‘DNS server not responding’ problem.
‘DNS Server Not Responding’ Error: Solution using Software
If none of the above fixes works then get help from the 3rd party software. A popular tool “Smart DNS Server Fixer” can resolve Windows Registry errors and rectify invalid entries and DNS server not responding problem. The software scans the registry files of the system completely and displays the number of problems to be fixed. You can just click “Fix all” to resolve the issue effortlessly.
Use any of these fixes and resolve your ‘DNS server is not responding’ issue in Windows 7 effectively without much hassle.
DNS Server Not Responding Error Windows 8: Solutions
If you are using Windows 8 on your system, follow the below steps to fix the ‘DNS Server Not Responding’ Error.
Method 1. Fix DNS Server Not Responding error Windows 8 using the command prompt
Step 1. Select Windows and type cmd in the search box to open the command prompt.
Step 2. In the command prompt, enter the below command to reset the IP of your system and press enter.
netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txtStep 3. Type the below command and press enter. This command will ask you to restart your system but ignore it.
netsh winsock reset
Step 4. To delete the DNS cache that is stored already, enter the below command and press enter.
Step 5. Restart your computer to check if it works.
Step 6. If it doesn’t fix the problem, shut down your computer and modem. After 5 minutes, restart again to check if it’s fixed.
Step 7. If the problem still persists, press Windows + r to open the run window and enter the below command. This will open the network connections.
Step 8. Once the network connection opens, right click on your “local area network” and go to properties.
Step 9. Choose the option, internet protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click properties.
Step 10. Go to “Use the following DNS server addresses” option and change the DNS address to global DNS value as given below.
Preferred DNS Server: 126.96.36.199
Alternate DNS Server: 188.8.131.52
Method 2. Fix DNS Server Not Responding Error Windows 8 using the normal method
Step 1. Locate the computer icon on the taskbar and click it to open Network and Sharing Center.
Go to Start –> Control Panel –>Network and Internet –>Change adapter settings
Step 2. Right click on your “Local Network Connection” and go to properties.
Step 3. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the window that appears and click properties.
Step 4. Modify the DNS address to the global address as follows.
Preferred DNS Server: 184.108.40.206
Alternate DNS Server: 220.127.116.11
Step 5. Check the “Validate settings leading exit” checkbox and click ok.
Step 6. Go to Command Prompt and type the below command and press enter to get the physical address under “Ethernet adapter local area network” field.
ipconfig / all
Step 7. Type the below command to open Network Connections.
Step 8. Right click on the “local area connection” and go to properties and press configure.
Step 9. Go the option Advanced and select “Network Address” in the Property field. In the value field, enter the physical address obtained from the command prompt without dashes. For example: 00-FF-9A-BD-FB-DB should be entered as 00FF9ABDFBDB.
Step 10. Click ok and restart the system.
If the problem is not solved after restarting, then check for security options of Windows 8. Disable the security system in your PC and restart your PC in Safe Mode.
If the internet is still not working then, the cause of DNS error might be due to some issues in your drivers or other programs.
Method 3. Fix DNS Server Not Responding Error Windows 8 using the third party tool
If the error is due to drivers or other unknown applications, it is better to apply the third party repair tool.
Step 1. Download PC Repair Tool for Windows 8 and install it.
Step 2. To check for errors, click the “Scan” button.
Step 3. Then click “Fix errors” to resolve all the errors.
Try using any of my solutions to resolve your ‘DNS server is not responding’ issue in Windows 8.
DNS Server Not Responding Error Windows 10: Solutions
Windows 10 is totally different from Windows 8 and 7. If you encounter ‘DNS Server Not Responding’ Error on Windows 10 then, follow the below steps.
FIX DNS Server Not Responding Windows 10 by Manually changing the DNS Server
Usually, your PC will connect to the DNS server of ISP automatically. If there is an issue in your ISP’s DNS server then, you might get DNS Server Not Responding Error. So, it is advised to change your DNS server to OpenDNS or Google DNS address.
Step 1. Press Windows key + X to open Network Connections.
Step 2. On your active network connection, right click and choose properties.
Step 3. Choose Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click properties.
Step 4. Selection the option, “Use the following DNS server addresses” and enter the below addresses and click ok.
To change to Google DNS:
Preferred DNS server: 18.104.22.168
Alternate DNS server: 22.214.171.124
To change to OpenDNS:
Preferred DNS server: 126.96.36.199
Alternate DNS server: 188.8.131.52
Check if the problem resolves. Also, note that depending on your location, changing the DNS server address manually can slow your internet connection
Manually enter the MAC address to fix DNS Server Not Responding Error Windows 10
Step 1. Press Windows + X and select Command Prompt (Admin).
Step 2. In the command prompt, enter the below command and press enter.
Step 3. Take the physical address from your network connection and note it down. Close Command prompt.
Step 4. Open Network Connection and right click on your connection. Select properties.
Step 5. Click on Configure and go to the Advanced tab and locate the Network Address from the Properties field.
Step 6. Select the Value option and enter the MAC address you noted from the command prompt without any dashes.
Step 7. Click OK to save changes.
This method works better than changing the DNS server address.
Find the latest Drivers and install it
Sometimes there might be some problems with the drivers in your PC which can cause DNS Server Not Responding error. To download the latest driver for your PC, visit the website of your network adapter manufacturer. Locate the right driver as per your model and install them on your system.
Disable the antivirus and firewall software
In some cases, antivirus and firewall can disrupt the internet connection. Disable your antivirus and firewall temporarily and check if it resolves the problem. If the error is fixed then, change to the different configuration of antivirus and firewall or change the software itself.
Reset your IP and clear the DNS Cache.
Step 1. Open the command prompt as administrator from the start menu. Then, type the below commands one by one and press enter.
netsh int ip reset
netsh winsock reset
Step 2. Restart your PC and check if it solves the problem.
Try restarting your modem
Simply switch off your modem and wait for 30 seconds before switching it on. Check to see if it fixes DNS server not responding error.
DNS Server Not Responding Error Windows 10: Solution using Safe Mode
Step 1. Open the Start menu. Click the Power button and hold down the Shift key. Select restart option.
Step 2. You will be seeing 3 option. Select “Troubleshoot.”
Step 3. Click Advanced options -> Startup Settings -> Restart.
Step 4. Select Advanced options > Startup Settings and click the Restart button.
Step 5. Once your PC restarts, press F5 and select Safe Mode with Networking
When you are in the Safe Mode, check if the internet is working fine.
Disable the Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport Adapter
Step 1. Open Device Manager and go to View -> Show hidden devices
Step 2. Find out Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport Adapter. Right click on it and select Disable. You have to repeat this procedure to all the Virtual Miniport Adapters.
Once it is done, check if it resolves the error.
Disable Internet Protocol V6
Step 1. Open Network Connections and right click on your connection. Choose properties.
Step 2. Select Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and uncheck it.
Step 3. Click ok and save.
Disabling IP V6 will not have any negative effect on your system. But, it might solve the DNS Server Not Responding error.
Disable additional connections
Your system might be configured with different network connections. To fix this error, it is better to disable those additional connections. Go to Network Connections and right click on your additional connections and select disable. Make sure you do not touch your active network connection.
As per my findings, these are the best solutions to fix DNS Server Not Responding error on Windows 10. I hope one of my solutions will help you to resolve the error. If you feel this article helpful please like, share and follow our facebook page and keep visiting our website for such tutorials and guides.
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