Resolve DNS Server Not Responding Error in Windows

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It is entirely possible that you have encountered some DNS problems while browsing the web. There is a chance that your connection is lost quite often or your website is not loading properly. Before we delve into the problems of fixing such DNS errors, let's take a quick look at what DNS really is.

The domain name system or DNS is a hierarchical naming function. The purpose is to translate the domain names of computers, services or any other entity connected to the Internet into their corresponding numerical addresses. This helps to easily identify the entity so that data can be transferred to it.

Whenever the DNS server is not responding, a connection error occurs and the following message is displayed: The DNS server is not responding. This article walks you through various methods that can help you overcome this problem.

Please note that this error is not the same as "ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED: The server was not found". This error occurs when the DNS server cannot be found. DNS is not responding The error occurs when the server has been found, but no responses arrive. This can happen due to server errors or connection congestion due to network traffic.

1 method

Try to troubleshoot your system


One way would be to disable any additional connections installed on the system. It is normal for the operating system to install additional connections. But we won't always need all of them. Therefore, disable the ones you don't use. To do this, follow these steps.

  • Open the network connection by typing in the search bar on the desktop, ncpa.cpl.

  • A series of connections opens up on your system.
  • Right-click on the ones you don't usually use and choose the option Disable.


Sometimes your system's DNS may require cleaning. It could be because the cache may be overloaded or it may be out of date. To rinse it, follow the steps given below.

  • Open Command Prompt in Administrator Mode by pressing Windows Key + X. Choose the option Command Prompt (Admin).

  • Write the command ipconfig / flushdns.

  • This clears the DNS resolver cache and fixes your error.


Changing the DNS server currently configured on the system could be a solution. To find out how to do this, follow the steps below.

  • Try to open up ncpa.cpl in the Control Panel as shown in STEP 1. Right-click the active connection and select Property.

  • Click the IPv4 option in the tab that appears and choose yours Property.

  • In the window that appears, choose the option Use the following DNS server addresses. In the text boxes below them, type the addresses below. in Preferred DNS Server Y sopra Alternative DNS Server Fields respectively Click all right once you are done.

  • Try reloading the website for it to work properly.

2 method

Check your connections

  • Try connecting to an alternate device on Wi-Fi settings in the lower right corner of the desktop. Now try reloading the webpage to find out if the old device was causing the problem.

In the screenshot above, we tried to connect our device to a new network, MOTOROLA-9C497.

  • Check if the connection you are currently using causes the same DNS error on any other computer or smartphone. This helps you know if the problem is with your device.

Try one of the above methods and fix this error. I hope you found this article helpful.

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