How To Fix DNS Server Not Responding Windows 10

DNS Server error

DNS Server is Not Responding

DNS stands for domain name system and it is a naming system for computers, servers, services and other resources that are connected with internet and other networks. Domain name system is the most important and integral component for the functionality of internet services. The function of the Domain name system is to assign a domain name to the numerous websites that use the internet. Domain name system also provides the technical functionality of any database server. Hence we can say that Domain name server is very essential for the smooth working on the internet.

You may encounter many known and unknown issues while browsing the internet. Sometimes the particular website is not working, sometimes internet connection is slow, sometimes the website is temporarily under construction to solve the issue and add new options to it and many such options may be the reason behind not able to search. But there is this error of domain name server is not responding. Although this is the rare error that one encounters and can be seen with the display of dialogue box stating “The DNS server isn’t responding”. It occurs once in a while and you can fix the error by following the steps below:-

There are different methods associated to resolve the issue. And we will study all the methods for how to fix DNS server not responding in Windows 10.

Method 1: Changing DNS server address

If you are aware that DNS server address is automatically obtained and that you can change it according to your convenience and into something reliable. Follow the steps below: –

  • Open the windows search box and type “ncpa.cpl” in the box and press enter.
  • A new window pops up and you have to select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on properties and proceed further.
  • From the window, select the option that states “Use the following DNS server address”.
  • Type in preferred DNS Server and in alternate DNS server.
  • And now click “Validate before Exit” and press “Ok”.

This will change the server only on your system that you are using.

Method 2: Disabling the unused networks

It generally happens that windows sometimes install the extra connections along with the network that we use. And these unused and extra networks sometimes cause the hindrance in the regular network. Therefore, we remove the networks that can cause any kind of issue. You can follow the steps below for this:-

  • Type “ncpa.cpl” just like the way you did above and proceed further.
  • You can find the network connections by clicking on “start” and then to “Control Panel”.
  • Go to “Network and sharing center” by clicking on network and internet.
  • Now click to “Change Adapter Settings” and you will see all the connections. This may include those which you are not using as well.
  • Select the connections that are not in use and disable them by clicking right click.

All the networks will be disabled that you chose and now you can check the DNS server for smooth functioning.

Method 3: Flush or Refresh the DNS server on your System

Windows stores our browsing data in form of caches. And caches in turn store all the data related to websites that you visited. Clearing the caches will also help in DNS server to come to work. You can follow the steps below: –

  • From the windows search button type “cmd” and press enter.
  • A command dialogue box will appear on the screen and type “ipconfig/flushdns” and press enter to proceed.
  • This will remove the cache history and we can assume that your server is working after performing this.

Method 4) Router Settings

As mentioned above briefly about the poor internet connection can also cause an error of domain name not responding. Follow the steps below to fix this issue.

If you use the internet connection from the router then switch off the wifi from the system.

Now switch off the router from the main power source and let it remain like this for 1-2 minutes:-

  • Restart your system and then switch on your router.
  • Allow the system to set its setting and connect with the router.
  • Check if the domain server is working by searching in the browser.

Other methods

If you have tried the above methods and you still do not get success then you can try the following other methods. :-

  • Uninstalling Antivirus: it was found that after uninstalling the virus scan applications domain server started responding smoothly.
  • Booting your system in safe mode can also help.

If the above methods are still not helpful to you then you can feel free to contact the customer service of the website.

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