DNS Server Not Responding errors on Windows 7/8/10 – How to fix


Errors DNS Server Not Responding is one common error happens on Windows 7/8 / 8.1 and Windows 10. If you encounter this error, you can not connect to the Internet to access the network.

Normally, when you fix this problem with Windows Network Diagnostics, you will receive the message “Your computer appears to be configured but the device or resource is not responding”.

Part 1: Cause of the error

The cause of the DNS Server Not Responding error on Windows 10/8/7 could be due to:

– Network card or router error.

– The DNS service on the computer is interrupted.

– Antivirus programs or firewalls (firewalls) block access to the Internet.

Part 2: Fix DNS Server Not Responding error on Windows operating system

1. Fix the address of Network Address

First click Start and then click Run to open the Run command.

On the Run command, type Network and Sharing and press Enter to open the Network and Sharing Center.

On the Network and Sharing Center window, click Change adapter settings .

Right-click your network, and select Properties.

On the Local Area Connection Properties window, click the  Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4) option  to make the default DNS server change to either Google or OpenDNS DNS.

On the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4) window, click the Use the following DNS server address option and enter the Google DNS address:

– Preferred DNS Server is:

– Alternate DNS Server is:

If you want to use OpenDNS, you use the address:

– Preferred DNS Server is:

– Alternate DNS Server is:

Select Validate settings upon exit and click OK .

The next step is to open the Command Prompt. To open a command prompt, you click Start => Run , then type cmd.exe on the Run command window and then press Enter.

On the Command Prompt window, type ipconfig /all and press Enter.

Locate and note the Physical Address.

Now go back to the Network and Sharing Center window. Look here and right click on the network you are connected and click Properties.

Next click Configure and select the Advanced tab. On the Advanced tab, find the Network Address and enter the Physical Address you just noted in the previous step.

Note:  Enter Physical Address immediately, no dashes.

For example, if your address is the Physical Address BE-4C-C4-DB-A9-C0 then you enter the frame Value is BE4CC4DBA9C0 then click OK .

Finally, restart your computer to check whether the bug has been fixed.

2. Reset DNS settings

If you have fixed the address of the network address and still can not fix the DNS servererror not responding , you can reset the DNS settings to fix the problem.

First press the Windows + R key combination to open the Run command window. On the Run command, type cmd.exe and press Enter to open Command Prompt.

Next enter each of the following commands into the Command Prompt window:

• ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter.

• ipconfig /registerdns and press Enter.

• ipconfig /release and press Enter.

• ipconfig /renew and then press Enter.

• netsh winsock reset and then press Enter.

Finally, restart your computer to check whether the bug has been fixed.

3. Add Winsock Registries to fix DNS Server not Responding

To fix the DNS server not responding , all you can do is delete the Winsock Registriesthen proceed to add again.

First, you should back up Winsock Registries , then delete the key to avoid it in the event of a bad situation. Next, restart your computer, then add the Winsock Registries that you backed up earlier and reboot your computer.

Follow the steps below:

– First press the Windows + R key combination to open the Run command window.

On the Run command, type regedit and hit Enter.

– The Registry Editor window appears, where you navigate through the key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE => SYSTEM => CurrentControlSet => Services

– Right-click Winsock and select Export.

– Place any name, such as winsock1.reg and click Save.

– Do the same with Winsock2.

– Now right-click on Winsock and Winsock2, select Delete to delete the Registry.

– Restart your computer.

– Open the Windows Registry Editor again and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE => SYSTEM => CurrentControlSet => Services

– Click File => Import.

– Select the Registry that you backed up before and click Open .

– Restart your computer again and check whether DNS server error is not responding or not.

4. Disable NetBIOS

In fact, disabling or enabling NetBIOS may also not affect these issues. In most cases, the cause of the error may be a faulty registry or other configuration files. But if you’re not connected to a corporate network or do not have a Home Network setup, you can disable NetBIOS and try to check whether the DNS server is not responding.

To do this thing:

– Access Control Panel => Network and Internet => Network and Sharing Center .

– Next double click on the network connection you are using to open the Properties window.

On the Properties window, double-click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4).

– On the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4) Properties window, click Advanced.

– Check Disable NetBIOS over TCP / IP to fix DNS server not responding .

– Click OK.

– Finally close all windows and check whether DNS server not responding error .

5. Reboot the system

To fix the DNS Server Not Responding  error on Windows 10/8/7, you can try the solution of rebooting the system. No one can be sure that rebooting the computer can fix the problem, but the process is not that difficult, so try it out.

6. Disable the Firewall / antivirus program

Many users reflect that the cause of the DNS Server Not Responding error on Windows 7/8/10 is because the firewall or anti-virus programs block your connection. So to fix the problem you should disable the antivirus and firewall (firewall) on your computer and check whether the error or not.

7. Reinstall Windows

If you have applied all the above solutions and still do not fix the error, the last solution for you is to reinstall Windows to fix the error.

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