How to change IPv4 DNS server address to public DNS in Windows?

Technical Level : Basic

Summary
Applies to: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 & 8.1 . This Wiki Article is intended to guide you "how to change DNS settings" in Windows. In the event of browsing/surfing failure (Eg. DNS server not responding) , as a diagnostic step, we need these kind of changes. 
Details
Change DNS server address to public DNS in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

   (1) Right click on network icon in the taskbar and click "Open Network and Sharing Center"


  (2) Click "Change adapter settings"

 

(3) Select the active/ connected network adapter and right click and select "Properties"


 (4) Select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" and click properties and then select "Use the following DNS server address". (By default "obtain DNS server address automatically" is selected).  When you select "Use the following DNS server address", you can use the DNS address you want. Popular public DNS addresses are google DNS (8.8.8.8 or 8.8.4.4), OpenDNS (208.67.222.222, 208.67.220.220) etc.  (Here in this article, I am using google public DNS.)


After changing the DNS settings, click ok  in the TCP/IP properties wizard. 

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Change DNS server address to public DNS in Windows Vista

   (1) Right click on the network icon in the taskbar and click " Network and Sharing Center"


  (2) Click "Manage network connections"


(3) Select the active/ connected network adapter and right click and select "Properties"


(4) Accept user account control and click continue.


(5) Select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" and click properties and then select "Use the following DNS server address". (By default "obtain DNS server address automatically" is selected).  When you select "Use the following DNS server address", you can use the DNS address you want. Popular public DNS addresses are google DNS (8.8.8.8 or 8.8.4.4), OpenDNS (208.67.222.222, 208.67.220.220) etc.  (Here in this article, I am using google public DNS.)


After changing the DNS settings, click ok  in the TCP/IP properties wizard. 
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Change DNS server address to public DNS in Windows XP

(1) Open Start menu and click "Control Panel"


(2) Click "Network and Internet Connections" 


(3) Click "Network Connections"


(4) Select the active/ connected network adapter and right click and select "Properties"


(5) Select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" and click properties and then select "Use the following DNS server address". (By default "obtain DNS server address automatically" is selected).  When you select "Use the following DNS server address", you can use the DNS address you want. Popular public DNS addresses are google DNS (8.8.8.8 or 8.8.4.4), OpenDNS (208.67.222.222, 208.67.220.220) etc.  (Here in this article, I am using google public DNS.)


After changing the DNS settings, click ok  in the TCP/IP properties wizard. 
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     Thank you for sharing this information! I have had this problem fow a while ans being th computer novice that I am, I was completely stuck until now. Thank you again!

Excellent instructions, I like the screenshots. Unfortunately this did not help me as I still have the message ....DNS server that is incorrect or doesn't exist....

Going back to properties shows the DNS I input is still there. Network icon still shows me connected to the Livebox (strong connection) With security WPA2-PSK but no internet access. Will contact service provider now "orange" to see if they can help further .

Thank you.

Thank you thank you so much. I couldn't access some websites. It kept saying DNS not detected. I tried a few different things but nothing worked until I found your straightforward explanation on changing the settings. Well done and thank you again.

In practice, it's better to change the DNS address in the router, rather than in Windows itself, when your LAN contains more than one computer.  That way, all systems in the LAN will benefit.

There's also a great FREE tool called "DNS Benchmark" for locating the fastest DNS servers for your connection.  Find it at https://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm.  It requires no installation.

Brian

Thank you for sharing this information.  I am using windows 10. And have changed DNS address on my computer by follow these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Click View network status and tasks
  3. Click Change adapter settings on the left portion of the Window.
  4. Double-click the icon for the Internet connection you're using.
  5. Click the Properties button.
  6. Click and highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
  7. If not already selected, select the Use the following DNS server addresses option.
  8. Enter the new DNS addresses and click OK and close out of all other windows.

Thanks !!!

bonjour , je rencontre le meme probleme

comment reparer svp ? 

I am using chrome on a Mac .....? Cant get on ....? dont think the suggestions above work for me??

Please notify me via *** Email address is removed for privacy *** with an answer as if you notify via my hotmail acount, i will never get to see it!!

This problem just started for me - more aggravating than I have words for.  Where do I find new DNS addresses?

Thanks!

Steve

Bonjour et merci 

enfin en changeant this dsn et en suivant la procédure your ..je Peux Retrouver enfin Ma boîte de MESSAGERIE ..depuis perspectives, plus d Un mois c etait sans succès ... merci merci enfin ...... 

bonne journee 

help my Ipv4 and Ipv6 sequretas my 

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