How do I update / flush / reset my DNS records in Windows?


Q: How do I update/flush/reset my DNS records in Windows?

A: The Domain Name System (DNS) is a critical component of the internet and is responsible for translating domain names into IP addresses. In Windows, DNS records are cached locally to improve performance, but sometimes these cached records can become outdated and need to be reset. In this article, we'll discuss how to update, flush, or reset your DNS records in Windows.

To update or refresh your DNS records, you need to open the Command Prompt and type the following command:

ipconfig /flushdns

This command will flush the DNS cache, which will remove any outdated records and allow your computer to fetch updated DNS information from the DNS server.

If you want to reset your DNS records, you need to open the Network Connections window, right-click on the network connection you want to reset and select “Properties”. On the Properties window, select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and click the “Properties” button. On the next window, select the “Obtain DNS server address automatically” option and click “OK”. This will reset your DNS records to their default settings.

If you’re using a router or modem, you may also need to reset your DNS records. To do this, you need to access the router’s web interface by typing its IP address into your browser’s address bar. Once you have logged into the router’s web interface, you need to find the DNS settings and select the “Obtain DNS server address automatically” option. This will reset the router’s DNS records to their default settings.

Finally, if you’re using a DNS service such as OpenDNS, you may need to update your DNS records by logging into your account and updating your settings.

Updating, flushing, and resetting your DNS records in Windows is a simple process that can help ensure that your computer is always receiving the most up-to-date DNS information. If you’re having trouble connecting to the internet, updating your DNS records is often the first step in resolving the issue.

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