Sometimes, you may need to change DNS Settings in Windows 10, 8 or 7 Computers. In general, your ISP (Internet Service Provider) provides the internet settings which includes the DNS Address, settings, and network settings. In some cases, it may not work fine for you, or you may think the existing DNS server is not working very good for you.
At the same time, you may want to use a reliable DNS address. With this in mind, you want to change the Default DNS settings in Windows PC. Hopefully, you can modify it with your reliable custom address.
What is DNS?
DNS which means Domain name Server or system is an address for your internet settings. It helps to load your website in the browsers. DNS is the server address which works to convert the website into internet address.
To clarify, every computer has a unique internet address. When you are visiting a website, it is also a combination of internet address, and it seems like 18.104.22.168. But is hard to remember. In this case, you have a domain name, and it is set with the internet address. When you visit any website, DNS server helps to connect the website name with the internet address. For this reason, you can easily remember it, and DNS server helps to show the webpage from the internet address.
I think you have realized what DNS address is. To repeat, a DNS server is a way to translate the website name into internet address. By the same token, you do not need to remember the internet address for reaching the webpage. Hope you are now clear about DNS.
How to change DNS Settings in Windows 10, 8 or 7 PC
Most of the cases, your ISP provider will give you the settings of internet connection, and it will bear the DNS settings. In particular, it may not be reliable, and in some cases, it may not work for browser compatibility or other corrupted connection error. Here, if you choose a more reliable DNS settings, it can solve the issues. For example, NS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN Error, ERR_INTERNET_DISCONNECTED Error, CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIE Error, Your Connection Is Not Private, DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG, ERR_CONNECTION_RESET, and many more.
If you change the DNS address Settings in Windows 10, 8 or 7 PC, then the above problem or error can be solved easily. With this in mind, you’ll learn here how can you change DNS Settings in Windows computer. You can change the DNS Settings on Windows PC in two ways.
- change DNS settings using Control Panel
- change DNS settings using Command Prompt
I will show you both of the methods, and it is really straightforward.
How to change the DNS settings in Windows using Control Panel:
When you want to change DNS Settings in Windows 10, 8 or 7, you can modify it using Control Panel.
- Go to Control Panel First. In Windows 10, you can go to control panel by searching on the Taskbar search or Start Menu search.
- Then go to Network and Internet options. Need to select Category from the above area.
- Now click on View Network Status and Tasks under Network and Sharing Center.
- Here, you will find which network or internet settings you are using. Click on here and go to Properties.
- A new window will open, and you need to find out Internet Protocol Version (TCP/IPv4) by scrolling.
- Now select Internet Protocol Version (TCP/IPv4) and again click on Properties.
- It will open the Internet Protocol Version (TCP/IPv4) Properties settings, and as you want to edit the DNS Settings, you will need to modify here.
- From the window, find out Use the Following DNS Server Address, and under this options, you will get Preferred DNS Server and Alternate DNS Server. For changing the DNS Server settings, you will need this two type of server address.
- I will show you by using Google DNS Server. I will also add the address of OpenDNS address. Input the code in the Preferred DNS Server and Alternate DNS Server from any of the below options.
Preferred DNS server: 22.214.171.124
Alternate DNS server: 126.96.36.199
(Google Public DNS IP addresses)
Preferred DNS server: 188.8.131.52
Alternate DNS server: 184.108.40.206
(OpenDNS server IP addresses)
- Then again click OK and close the window.
- Restart the PC to make it happen.
If you use the internet now and visit any website, it will use this DNS Server setting now. If you want more than one DNS server, you can go with Advanced Settings also. You can also use any of your reliable DNS Server address here by changing this IPv4 window.
How to change the DNS Server in Windows using Command Prompt:
Depending on the Windows versions in 10, 8 or 7, you may not have access to changing the DNS Server address using Control Panel. In this case, you can use change the DNS Server settings using Command Prompt. I will show you now the procedures.
- Open Command Prompt as Administrator First by searching on the Taskbar search or Start Menu search and Right Click on it to open it as Admin.
- Type the below command to find out the name and info of your Network Adaptors and Press Enter.
wmic nic get NetConnectionID
- Now type the following command to prepare the device changing the DNS Settings and Hit Enter.
- At this point, type the below command to change the primary DNS IP and Hit Enter.
interface ip set dns name="ADAPTER-NAME" source="static" address="X.X.X.X"
Important: Change the Adaptor name with your Adaptor name and XXXX with the Primary DNS IP Address.
- Now Type the below command to change the alternative DNS address.
interface ip add dns name="ADAPTER-NAME" addr="X.X.X.X" index=2
Important: Change the Adaptor name with your Adaptor name and XXXX with the Alternative DNS IP Address.
- Now close the Window and Restart the PC to make it happen.
Note: If you want to use more than one DNS IP address, just need to change the index no. For example, if you want to add a third DNS IP in windows 10 computer. Write the below command.
interface ip add dns name="Ethernet0" addr="220.127.116.11" index=3
Hope, you have realized how to change the DNS IP using Command Prompt, and it will work on every Windows Operating system including Windows 10, 8 or 7.
Need More Help?
Finally, if you need to change the DNS Settings, you can do it by following the above methods. When you see any DNS error in any of your browser including Google Chrome, Firefox or Opera, change the DNS IP address, your error will be solved.
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