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If you are going to fix the error where the DNS server is not responding to Windows 10, I may be able to help. Suddenly, your PC stopped surfing the internet. Having touched nothing, you started the troubleshooter. Since diagnosis, it turns out that the DNS server is not responding to Windows 10. Not knowing what to do anymore, before calling a technician, you played the web card. And here, after various searches, you ended up on my blog.

In this guide, I will explain how to solve the DNS server error Windows 10 does not respond. I illustrate a series of solutions that could help you overcome the problem. So if you have some time to spare, I’d say we can start.

DNS server not responding Windows 10

The DNS server unresponsive error Windows 10 can be caused by several factors. The first thing you need to do is to check if the other devices connected to the network via WiFi or LAN are able to surf the internet. If they work, it means the problem is limited to your computer. If not, there may be problems with the router.

After taking the test, proceed by reading the steps below to resolve the DNS server unresponsive error Windows 10.

Set up DNS manually

To resolve the DNS server unresponsive error Windows 10, first, try setting DNS manually. Often, ISP’s DNS has various problems. Maybe they are doing jobs in the central office, or there is bandwidth overload on their system. To avoid all this and speed up the internet, you should, therefore, change the DNS on Windows 10.

Proceed by opening Run and typing the command control.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter. Once the command is run, the Network and Sharing Center will open. Click Change adapter options and find the network card you are using. It can be Ethernet or Wi-Fi type. You will recognize it because it says Connected. Now, right-click on the network card and choose Properties. After that, double click on IPv4 . In that section, choose to Use the following DNS server addresses and set primary DNS and secondary DNS. Then, click Ok and then Apply.

If you don’t know which DNS to put, I suggest you use those of Google, which are, or those of OpenDNS, which correspond to They are both fast. The difference is that the latter also allows you to filter any websites.

Once you’ve set up DNS, restart your computer. After logging in, the DNS server error is not responding. Windows 10 should be gone. So, you should be able to surf the internet. If not, keep reading.

Renew IP address and clean the DNS cache

Another effective solution that you can use to resolve the DNS server error is not responding windows 10, is that which provides for the renewal of the IP address, forcing the DHCP lease, and cleaning of the DNS cache. They will seem difficult things to do. Actually, just open the command prompt as administrator (cmd) and run these commands:

  • ipconfig / release
  • ipconfig / renew
  • ipconfig / flushdns

After doing so, restart your PC and try to connect to the internet. If it still doesn’t work, reopen cmd as administrator and run these commands:

  • netsh int ip reset c: \ resetlog.txt
  • netsh winsock reset
  • ipconfig / flushdns

With the first command, you will reset TCP / IP. The second will restore the Windows socket. The latter will re-clean the DNS cache. When you run them, restart your PC. Once this is done, you should have resolved the DNS server error does not respond to Windows 10. In case you still have problems, continue reading.

Update the network card drivers

A network card with outdated drivers may cause the DNS server to stop responding error Windows 10. Go to Device Manager, find the network card and uninstall. After that, restart your computer. This way, the operating system will automatically find the latest drivers for your wireless or ethernet network card.

After that, try to see if you can connect to the internet. If everything worked out, you’re fine. If not, connect to the official website of the manufacturer of the network card and download the latest drivers for your operating system. See if Windows 10 is 32-bit or 64-bit before you download it, to make sure you get the right version. When you have installed them, restart your PC again and try to connect to the internet again. If the DNS server problem is not responding, Windows 10 has disappeared, okay. Otherwise, keep reading.

Reset network settings

Some applications, without your knowledge, may have changed the network settings, thus generating the DNS server unresponsive error Windows 10. To be sure this is not the case, you should reset your Windows 10 network settings. Don’t worry, the data and other options will remain intact. Only the network settings will be reset to their defaults.

Proceed following the path menu Start > Impostazioni > Rete e Internet. In that section, click Status. Then, select Network Reset, click Reset and confirm by choosing Yes. Windows 10 will automatically restart. Wait for it to restart, login and try to connect to the internet. If the connection is restarted, you’re good to go. If not, read on.

Disable Antivirus and Firewall

If not even the network reset had helped, there may be Antiviruses or Firewalls on the PC that are causing the DNS server unresponsive error Windows 10. Try temporarily disabling protection for these applications to see if the internet restarts. If so, check or reset your antivirus and firewall settings. If not, move on to the next step.

Other solutions for the PC

The most common solutions to fix Windows 10 unresponsive DNS server error were the ones I just suggested. However, you could also try the ones I provided in the guide to resolve invalid Windows 10 WiFi IP configuration. Also, you could look at the ones I listed in the guide where I helped you solve the problem, you cannot connect to this Windows 10 network. Those methods could be for you. Then, if you still can’t figure it out, proceed reading the next point.

Reboot the router

After trying them all on the PC, if you still see the DNS server error not responding to Windows 10, you should try restarting the router. To do this, you can find the router’s IP address, connect to it and restart it from the browser. Alternatively, you can turn it off and on again manually. When you are done, wait until all the connection LEDs are green. After that, see if you can surf the internet. In case you still have problems, read on.

Update the router firmware

Another problem that could generate the DNS server error is not responding windows 10, which is related to the firmware of the router not updated. You should check its version and update it to the latest one to see if the problem disappears.

If you have a modem router provided by the ISP, such as that of TIM or Fastweb, call the operator and ask him to update the router. They should also be able to do it remotely. Instead, if you have bought a custom modem router from ASUS, Netgear, Cisco, DrayTek, TP-Link, D-Link, MikroTik, Ubiquiti Networks or others, you can update it independently. Connect to the official website of the manufacturer and download the firmware. Then, connected to the router, make a backup of the configuration and install the firmware. Lastly, restart your router. After doing so, the internet connection should start again. If not, move on to the next step.

Contact the ISP

At this point, if you still see the DNS server error, Windows 10 does not respond and you cannot surf the internet with any device, it is very likely that the ISP  (Internet Service Provider) has some problems in the control panel. To find out, contact the call center and ask them. They will carry out checks and help you solve the problem as quickly as possible.

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