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How to fix DNS Server not Responding On windows 10/8.1/7

Suddenly Windows 10 Internet access disconnected, cant reach web pages. And trying to troubleshoot the network problems results from DNS server not responding? A number of users report similar problems suddenly after windows 10 20H2 update. Unable to connect to network and internet and the network troubleshoot results

The DNS server isn’t responding.  Your computer appears to be correctly configured, but the device or resource (DNS server) is not responding.

This error mostly occurs when the DNS server that translates a domain name doesn’t respond for any reason. Well if you are also struggling with similar problem, here apply solutions below to fix DNS Server not Responding On Windows 10, 8.1 and 7.


  1. 1 What is DNS?

  2. 2 How to fix DNS server not responding Windows 10?

  3. 2.1 Check DNS Client Service running

  4. 2.2 Configure the TCP/IP settings

  5. 2.3 Reset DNS Settings

  6. 2.4 Change Physical Address

  7. 2.5 Reinstall Network Drivers

What is DNS?

Before moving forward let’s first understand what is DNS and why it stops responding?

DNS stands for Domain name server is an end-to-end service that translates and then fetches the address of your required website to enable your access to it. For Ex : ( we provide for searching a particular page into the actual address of the web page. It resolves the physical address into IP address. Because the computer only understands IP addresses ) so that you can access and browse the internet.

How to fix DNS server not responding Windows 10?

If you are the first time facing this DNS server not responding, a simple restart can fix the problem. Restart all network devices include the router, modem, and your PC, and check if this helps.

  1. Temporarily disable security software (antivirus) if installed

  2. Also, disconnect from VPN if configured on your PC,

  3. Perform clean boot that probably helps if third-party service conflict causing the issue.

  4. Open the command prompt and run ipconfig /flushdns to flush DNS cache that probably helps if old corrupt DNS cache causing the problem.

Flush DNS

Check DNS Client Service running

  1. Press Windows + R, type services.msc and ok

  2. This will open Windows services console,

  3. Scroll down and look for DNS client service,

  4. If it’s running right-click DNS service select restart,

  5. If it’s not started right-click and select start,

  6. Click apply and ok now check if the internet working properly.

DNS client service

Configure the TCP/IP settings

  1. Press Windows + R, type ncpa.cpl and ok

  2. This will open network connections window,

  3. Here right-click on Active network adapter select properties,

  4. Click Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4), then Properties.

  5. Then select the radio button, Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically.

  6. Click ok and make save changes and check if the internet started working.

Obtain an IP address automatically

Also, sometimes switch to google DNS help to fix the problem as well. You can use Google Free DNS

  1. preferred DNS server

  2. Alternate DNS server

After That checkmark on Validate Settings upon exit and click ok. Save the changes and close all open windows And Restart windows Check Internet Connection, DNS Server not Responding issue Resolved.

Reset DNS Settings

If still having issue then try reset DNS Settings by performing the steps below.

To do this open the command prompt as administrator and Type command below one by one and hit enter to execute the same.

  1. ipconfig /registerdns

  2. ipconfig /release

  3. ipconfig /renew

  4. netsh winsock reset

Reset DNS Settings

After That Type exit to close the command prompt and Restart windows to take effect the changes.

Change Physical Address

Also, Some Users report entering the Physical address in the Network adapter setting helps them to resolve DNS Server is not Responding problem.  You can also fix this issue by changing the physical address of your domain name system server.

  1. Open the command prompt as administrator,

  2. Then type ipconfig /all and hit the enter key to execute the command.

  3. Here look for physical Address And Note down the same.

For Me its: FC-AA-14-B7-F6-77

ipconfig All Command
  1. Now Press win + R Type ncpa.cpl And hit the enter key.

  2. Right-click on the network connection and select its “Properties.”

  3. Then Select “Configuration” to proceed further.

click on Configure
  1. Now move the “Advanced” tab, select Network Address.

  2. Here you will see a category “Value” where you need to enter the physical address you got from Command Prompt.

  3. Click “OK” to save the changes.

Add the Physical Address

Now try to connect again after rebooting the system. This time, it will work for sure.

Reinstall Network Drivers

Corrupted network drivers can cause all sorts of problems. By simply updating or reinstalling the drive, you might be able to fix DNS not responding error. You can download the latest network drivers from your motherboard manufacturer website.

  1. Now open device manager using devmgmt.msc and ok

  2. Expand Network Adapter section,

  3. Right-click on your network adapter and select “Uninstall device”.

  4. Restart windows to completely remove the older driver from your PC,

  5. Now install the latest driver previously download from the manufacturer website

  6. Restart windows and check if this helps to fix the problem.

Did these solutions help to fix DNS server not responding windows 10, 8.1 and 7? Let us know on comments below, Also read:

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