It may happen that all of a sudden you cannot access any sites through the help of the internet. It says, the DNS server not responding. Any of these lines may appear-

The DNS server not responding or Your computer appears to be correctly configured, but the DNS server is not responding.

There could be a couple of other reasons for this. All you can do is rectify the problems of your connection on windows, disable extra connections, flush the DNS cache, change your PC’s default DNS server or reset your router. You need not worry if this problem arises. You can very easily resolve this flaw going through this post. 

Opt for a Peculiar DNS Server

If the issue is with your IP DNS server, you may replace your DNS server with the Public DNS of Google. It is an alternative free DNS service offered to global Internet users. Furthermore, its servers and services are owned and maintained by Google. Basically, it provides domain name resolution on the internet to any host. Change your DNS manually, here is how it is to be done:

First of all, go to Network Connection Settings, then right-click on the Start menu, thereafter select “Network Connections”. Or, you can go to Settings and tap on “Network and Internet”.  

Then, select your network connection type in the Network and Internet settings window which is located on the left pane. 

After that on the right pane, tap on “Change adapter options”. Next, right-click on your network connection from the drop-down list and choose “Properties”. From there tap on “Internet Protocol Version 4” and click on “Properties”. 

In the window of IPv4, choose “Use the following DNS server addresses”. Then, for “Preferred DNS server” enter 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 for “Alternate DNS server”. After that tap on “OK” to save the necessary changes. Also, check if this solves the problem with the error- “DNS server not responding”.  

Unworkable Internet Protocol-IPv6

The latest Internet Protocol version is IPv6. It is the communications protocol providing location systems and identification for PCs on routes and network traffic over the internet. Basically, it was found to solve the the long-anticipated bug of IPv4 exhausted address. Disabling it might fix the error of the DNS server not responding.  

Restart your Router

This might be another hack to solve the error. First of all, remove the router’s power chord. Then wait for at least 10 seconds after the router’s all lights went turned off. Then, reconnect again the router to its power cord.  

Enter Manually MAC Address

The MAC address of a device is an exclusive identifier provided to network interfaces. It is assigned for the purpose of communications of a network segment at the data link layer. In order to fix the DNS server not responding error, enter manually the MAC address. To do this, you need to first search it with the help of elevated Command Prompt and any of the commands.

Resolve TCP/IP & DHCP Breakdown

It may arise that the TCP/IP software functioning inside the client device’s OS to function improperly and incorrectly set its DNS server addresses. Often, rebooting helps in a Windows PC to solve such glitches. 

Another solution is running TCP/IP programs in performing standard processes for releasing& renewing the settings of Windows IP address. Also, TCP/IP networks make use of DHCP service in order to assign clients the IP address. 

Do check if both your system and network router have enabled DHCP. If either of the end is not using DHCP, this may result in an internet connection error.

Disable Antivirus

Temporary disabling your installed antivirus may solve the DNS server not responding issue. If this helps then you may opt to switch to another antivirus program. This generally occurs when you have installed the software of a third-party. But you should not worry about your safety as the in-built software of Windows Defender is just more than enough. 

Disable Alternate or Secondary Connections

If you are making use of many network connections on your PC, disable the other networks or connections leaving the present one enabled.  For this go to Network Connection settings and right-click on the Start menu. Thereafter, select Network Connections. 

You may also go to Settings and tap on Network and Internet. Also, select your network type in the window of Network and Internet settings situated on the left pane and tap on the right pane “Change adapter options”.  

Ending Note 

I hope that the above methods aided you to solve the DNS server not responding issue. You can connect to the Internet without any trouble with the network connection. If the above fixes di not turn out to be good then the error might have caused by your ISP. Have patience and wait till your ISP solves the technical issues and try to connect after a few hours to the internet.

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