DNS Server Not Responding Error [FIXED]


Want to learn how to fix dns server not responding problem? There are a lot of dns errors which you might have faced while connecting to the Internet or a particular Wifi network. In this guide, we will be sharing the best solutions to fix the “dns server isnt responding server” issue on Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10 so that you are able to troubleshoot this problem and surf all the websites on your browsers again at a super fast speed.

I am sure that many of you might be wondering what is the dns server is not responding problem and why does it occur? The DNS or Domain Name Server is basically a server which performs the task of translating the domain name of a website or the website URL into a numerical value that can be understood by computer systems, so that you can view it in your browser. In order to troubleshoot and solve this dns error, you need to follow a several number of steps which I will be curating in this article. You can follow the different steps in this guide as they will surely help you to resolve this problem.

Troubleshoot DNS Server Not Responding Problem

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Before you start trying the solid steps, it is important for you to try the simple steps and troubleshoot this problem. These steps will help you narrow down the problem and ensure that it has not occurred due to some simple mistake of yours. So let’s check out these troubleshooting tips:

1. Check Your Internet Connection

If you see “DNS Server isn’t responding” in your browser while trying to surf a website, the very basic step is to verify if your computer or laptop is connected to an Internet connection or not. Head over to the network tray in the bottom right corner of your Windows PC and the status should be shown as ‘Connected‘ with your network. If it is showing ‘Limited‘, ‘Connecting‘ or anything else, then you need to try connecting again by turning your Wifi ON/OFF or connect to a different network. Point is that you should be connected to the Internet connection for sure.

2. Try Connecting to your Network Using a Different Device

If you are not able to connect to the network using your computer, you cannot just simply jump to the conclusion that you have the primary dns server not responding problem. It will be good to verify this by trying to connect to the network using your mobile phone, another laptop or a tablet and try opening any website from the browser on that device. If you are still facing the same problem while browsing, then it is confirmed that you are facing this DNS server error and you need to try our the below mentioned solutions so that you can resolve it.

How to Fix DNS Server Not Responding Error

These are the solutions or fixes which you can try to solve this problem and stop wondering why is the dns server is not responding issue occurring on your computer. We cannot guarantee which solution of these will work for you but try them one by one and one of them will surely help you fix this error.

1. Change the DNS Addresses

It is quite possible that this problem might be solved by following this solution. Though the DNS server is usually selected automatically, but since it is not responding so you can try setting it to another IP address which is more reliable. The two largest DNS server operators in the world are Google DNS and Open DNS and both of them are free to use. We will demonstrate this solution by using the Google DNS IP address.

  • First of all you need to right click on ‘Network‘ icon in the bottom tray and click on “Open Network and Sharing Center

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  • Click on ‘Local Area Connection‘ and select ‘Properties
  • Now you need to select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click on ‘Properties‘ once again
  • In this window, select the radio button saying ‘Use the following DNS server addresses
  • In the ‘Preferred DNS server‘ field, type “8.8.8.8”  
  • In the ‘Alternate DNS server‘ field, type “8.8.4.4

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This is will most probably help you fix the problem, though if it doesn’t, please try out the below described methods.

2. Power Cycling Your PC, Router and Modem

The router, computer and modem altogether is called the Power Cycle. You need to turn off all the 3 (the router and modem maybe combined in several cases) and restart them. This is known as Power Cycling in which you also need to unplug your router, modem and computer form the power source. This will help to free up the memory and also liberate the unused power charge. You need to wait for 3-5 minutes before you plug the cables back in and once done, start the modem, router and your computer in that order.

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3. Flush the DNS of your Computer System

This is one of the most proven methods to solve this problem of dns server not responding and using this, many of the users have been able to solve this issue in just minutes. Flushing the DNS helps you to clear the cache memory which has DNS data (which also includes all the temporary data of the previously visited websites) and this clearance of memory might solve the problem for sure.

  • Click on the ‘Start‘ button anc type ‘cmd‘ in the search field and press the Enter key to open Command Prompt
  • A window with black background will appear, you just need to type ‘ipconfig /flushdns‘ and press Enter
  • Try broswing any website or try again after restarting your system
  • This command will most probably resolve your problem, if not then also type the below given commands, in the same order and press Enter after each one of them,

ipconfig /registerdns
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
netsh winsock reset

4. Try Disabling the Firewall

One of the simplest dns server not responding fix some users have found is simply by disabling your firewall. Here’s how to do that,

  • Type Windows Firewall by clicking the Start button on your Windows PC
  • In the left pane, click Turn Windows Firewall on or off
  • Click Turn on Windows Firewall under each network location that you want to help protect, and then click on OK

5. Try Connecting in Safe Mode

This is worth a try so you can reboot your computer or laptop in the safe mode and know if any 3-party software is causing this issue. Just restart your computer and hold the F8 key and once the list of options show up as shown in the image below, select ‘Safe Mode with networking‘. Once Windows starts, try opening any website, if there will be other softwares causing problems, you will know.

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We have tried our best to cover the best possible methods you can use to solve the dns server not responding error. If you have any questions about the procedures, feel free to comment below. One of these methods will surely help to solve the dns server isnt responding issue and you will be able to surf the websites again. Share our article if you liked it and keep visiting!

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