How to fix DNS Server not responding error on Windows 10?


Here is how you can fix DNS Server not responding error message on your Windows 10 PC/Laptop?

What is a DNS Server? A name server is a computer application that implements a network service for providing responses to queries against a directory service. It translates an often humanly meaningful, text-based identifier to a system-internal, often numeric identification or addressing component. This service is performed by the server in response to a service protocol request.

The most important function of DNS servers is the translation (resolution) of human-memorable domain names and hostnames into the corresponding numeric Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, the second principal namespace of the Internet which is used to identify and locate computer systems and resources on the Internet.

The Domain Name System maintains the domain namespace and provides translation services between these two namespaces. Internet name servers implement the Domain Name System. The top hierarchy of the Domain Name System is served by the root name servers maintained by delegation by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Below the root, Internet resources are organized into a hierarchy of domains, administered by the respective registrars and domain name holders.

Well, this article was written to guide the users that are facing DNS server error that displays a message “DNS server not responding”. There are a few methods that can fix this issue, well, the common solution is just to restart the browser and your system and if still, you get the error then follow the below methods:

Clear the DNS Cache:

Windows 10 tends to save up the website links that you visit. This thing is done to prevent searching for the DNS every time, which leads to better loading speed. Sometimes the DNS cache gets corrupted and hence we get to see errors like ‘DNS Server isn’t responding. To remove the DNS Cache, you need to type in the command – ipconfig /flushdns on the Command Prompt. This will flush away all the DNS cache and will force the operating system to rebuild the DNS cache again.

Fix DNS server error

Use Different DNS Server

Sometimes, few sites fail to load when the DNS server fails to respond. In this case, you need to switch to a different DNS server to see whether the problem is fixed or not. You can use public DNS servers like Google DNS or Cloudflare DNS that are easily available on the web.

Disable Network Adapters

Few users have claimed that they have fixed DNS errors and regained access to the internet by disabling the unused network adapters. Just follow some of the simple steps given below to disable unused network adapters on Windows 10.

  1. Open Control Panel and click on ‘Network and sharing center’
  2. Next, click on the ‘Change Adapter Settings’ option.
  3. Right-click on the unused network adapters and select ‘Disable’

After disabling the unwanted or unused network adapters you need to restart your PC/Laptop. If still the error exists try restarting your internet router or contact the customer care service. For more news on tech and cybersecurity stay tuned on Android Rookies by subscribing to our newsletter from here.


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