DNS is a Domain Name System, this is the part of a service that lets you use the web and all its services. DNS provides a way for computers to translate domains from machine-readable addresses to IP addresses that computers can understand. Your DNS is usually provided by your ISP and sometimes, it just isn’t reliable. If you have a custom DNS system set up, or you’d like to change your DNS to something more reliable like Google’s open DNS systems for one, you can, using Control Panel.

How to use Custom DNS settings in Windows with Control Panel

  1. Right Click on the Start Button and click on Network connections
  2. Scroll down to Network and Sharing Centre and open that page up.
  3. Find and open Change Adapter Settings on the left-hand side of the page.
  4. Right-click the network connection – either WiFi or Ethernet– which links your PC to the internet and select Properties.
  5. Under the Networking section, find and select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list.
  6. Click the Properties option and select use the following IP address
  7. On the next screen, type and enter your preferred DNS server. Google’s Public DNS and Open DNS are the oft-recommended choices.
  8. Save and Restart your computer.

How to use Custom DNS settings in Windows with the Settings App

  1. Open the Settings > Network and Internet
  2. Click on Wifi/Ethernet/Dial-Up, whatever you’re using to connect to the internet.
  3. Click on the name on the network. Scroll down to IP Settings.
  4. Next to IP assignment, click on Edit.
  5. When the pop-up box appears, select Manual.
  6. Toggle on IpV4.
  7. When prompted, enter your preferred and alternate DNS addresses using Google, Open DNS or whatever you want.
  8. Save and restart your PC.
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