How to Fix DNS Server Not Responding Windows 10?

Todays’ topic mainly focuses on the responding error of the DNS server. So, we will discuss certain methods to get rid of this issue of the DNS server not responding Windows 10.

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Method 1: Troubleshoot DNS Server Not Responding Problem

  1. Try connecting with a different device. If you can connect a phone, tablet, or computer to the network and access the webpage that you’re having trouble with on your primary device, the issue is definitive with the device and not the router.
  2. Not being able to connect with the second device doesn’t necessarily mean that the router is the problem.
  3. Try a different browser. This is one of the quickest ways to test your DNS connections. Download a different free browser such as Firefox or Chrome and attempt to connect to the internet; if the problems persist, you can rule out browser problems as the reason for your DNS server not responding.
  4. If the issues are resolved, uninstalling and then reinstalling your old browser will likely fix the problem.
  5. Power cycle your modem and router. This will clear your router’s cache and thus may resolve DNS errors. To do so:
  6. Unplug your modem’s power cable as well as your router’s power cable.
  7. Allow both your modem and your router to sit for at least 30 seconds.
  8. Reconnect your modem and wait for it to come back online.
  9. Reconnect your router to your modem and wait for it to come back online.
  10. Connect your computer to your router via Ethernet. If you’re already using Ethernet, skip this step.
  11. If you can connect to a web page while using Ethernet, the problem may stem from your router. You’ll most likely need to reset it.
  12. If you can’t connect to a web page while connected via Ethernet, your DNS settings may be the problem.

Method 2: Clean DNS Cache to Fix DNS Server Not Responding

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Clean DNS Cache on Windows 10

  1. Open Start. Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen, or press the windows button.
  2. Type command prompt into Start. Doing so searches your computer for the Command Prompt app.
  3. Click Command Prompt. It’s at the top of the Start window. This will open the Command Prompt.
  4. Type inipconfig/flushdnsand press enter. This command removes any saved DNS addresses. The next time you try to open a website, a new DNS address will be created.
  5. Restart your web browser. Doing so refreshes your browser’s cache. If you can now connect to the webpage you were having trouble with earlier, the problem is resolved.

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If you’re still experiencing the DNS server not responding on Windows 10 or mac. Then, proceed to the next method.

Fix DNS Server Problem on MAC

  • Open Spotlight. It’s in the top-right corner of the screen.
  • You can also press Command+ enter to open Spotlight.
  • Type terminal into Spotlight. The spotlight will begin searching for Terminal on your Mac.
  • Click Terminal. It should be the first option at the top of the Spotlight results.
  • Type this command into Terminal:  Sudokillall – HUP mDNSResponder and press return. This will restart the macOS DNS process.
  • You may have to enter your administrator password first.
  • Restart your web browser. This refreshes your browser’s cache as well. If you can now connect to the webpage with which you were having issues, the problem is resolved.

Method 3: Disable Extra Connection

Open your Computer’s Network Settings. Follow the steps to fix the DNS server not responding on Windows 10 or mac.

  • On Windows: Open Start 
    • Click Settings 
    • Click  Network & Internet, and click Change adapter options.
  • On Mac: Open the Apple menu 
    • Click System Preferences, and click Network.
    • Look for extra connections. You can remove any connection to which you aren’t currently connected; this includes Bluetooth and wireless connections.
    • The most common cause for DNS issues is the existence of “Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter“.
    • Select an extra connection. Simply click a connection to select it.
    • On Windows, each icon on the page represents a connection.
    • On Mac, the connections are on the left side of the window.

Remove the Connection. To do so:

  • Windows – Click Disable this network device at the top of the window.
  • Mac – Click the minus sign (-) at the bottom of the network window.
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Try visiting a webpage. If you can access your webpage, then the issue is resolved. If not, proceed to the next method.

Method 4:  Change the DNS server address manually

The first thing to try is to change the DNS server address manually. Follow these instructions-

  1. Go to Start and Click on Control Panel
  2. Open up Network and Internet and go to the Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click on Change adapter settings.

Now you’ll see the list of Network adapters. Select the Network adapter that you are using and right-click on it and open Properties.

  1. Click on “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  2. You’ll see the Internet Protocol Properties.
  3. Select “Use the Following DNS server address:”
  4. Enter the Preferred DNS address:   208.67.222.222
  5. Enter the Alternative DNS address: 208.67.220.220
  6. Also, select Validate settings upon exit check-box.
  7. Click OK, and exit.

Now you have to enter the same DNS address in the Router configuration as well. You may refer to the Router manual for more information on this.

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