DNS server is not responding on Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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DNS server is not responding on Windows 10

9. Disable Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter

If the DNS server is not responding on WiFi connections, the problem might be caused by Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter. To fix this issue, you need to find and disable these adapters.

You can do that by following these steps:

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. When Device Manager opens, go to View and select Show hidden devices.
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  3. Locate Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter, right click it and choose Disable. Repeat this step for all available Virtual Miniport Adapters.
  4. After you’re done, close Device Manager and check if the problem is resolved.

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10. Disable Internet Protocol Version 6

There are two types of IP addresses, v4 and v6. If you are having DNS server is not responding error on your PC, you might be able to fix it by disabling Internet Protocol Version 6.

This is rather simple, and in order to do it you need to follow these steps:

  1. Open Network Connections.
  2. Right click your connection and choose Properties.
  3. Now Locate Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and disable it.disable ipv6
  4. Click the OK button to save changes.

Disabling IPv6 won’t affect your computer in any negative way, but, hopefully, it should fix the problem with the DNS server.


11. Disable all additional connections

You might have multiple connections available on your PC, that can sometimes cause DNS server issues while using WiFi connections.

To fix this issue, you need to disable those connections from the Network Connections window.

  1. Simply open Network Connections window and disable all connections except your active network connection.
  2. To do that, simply right click the connection that you want to disable and choose Disable from the menu.
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12. Check for third-party applications

Some third-party applications can affect your DNS and cause this problem to appear. Users reported that their DNS changes automatically to certain address.

Apparently, the problem was caused by a third-party application called ColdTurkey.

After disabling or uninstalling the problematic application, the DNS server is not responding error was completely resolved.

Keep in mind that almost any network-related or security application can interfere with your DNS, so keep a close eye on all installed applications.


13. Change the DNS address on your router

According to users, you might be able to fix this problem by setting a different DNS address on your router. To do that, you need to access your router’s configuration page and look for DNS setting.

Change DNS server to Google DNS or OpenDNS and check if the problem is resolved. For detailed instructions on how to change your DNS, be sure to check your router’s instruction manual.


14. Reset your router

Your router configuration can sometimes cause DNS problems to appear. If the DNS server is not responding on the router, you need to reset your device to default settings.

To do that, you need to open your router’s configuration page and select the Reset option.

If you want, you can also export your configuration so you don’t have to configure wireless networks again.

Another way to reset your router is to hold the reset button on it for few seconds. Both methods work the same, and you should use the one that you’re most comfortable with.

If you’re not sure how to reset your router, check your instruction manual for step by step instructions.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. If you want to learn what software solutions you can use to optimize your Internet connection, our collection of guides will come in handy.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Changing your DNS to Google’s public DNS servers (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4) can speed up your connection time to most websites. This means your computer will access websites faster. Keep in mind that does not improve your download speed when it comes to streaming or downloading large files.

  • Changing your DNS settings is not dangerous. This change won’t damage your computer or harm your network. This is a completely safe and reversible action and you can always go back to your previous settings if you’re not satisfied with the connection quality or speed.

  • DNS errors are usually caused by network and Internet issues on users’ end, incorrect DNS and DHCP settings, website outage or restrictions set in place by your ISP.

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A Big Thanks. After a new install of Windows 10 on a new drive I could not connect to the internet. After finding Snappy Driver Finder software, downloading the software onto a usb stick on a different lap top, and loading missing drivers I still had no internet access. Your information was the last piece in the puzzle that fixed my issue. Thank You, Cheers mate!

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