How can I change my computers DNS address?

Note: Before changing your DNS addresses, you must have the new DNS address ready to be entered. If you do not know the DNS address, contact your ISP or the company/school IT department. If you're wanting to use OpenDNS, the addresses are DNS1: 208.67.222.222 and DNS2: 208.67.220.220. If you want to use Google's DNS, its addresses are DNS1: 8.8.8.8 and DNS2: 8.8.4.4.

If you are unable to change the DNS addresses, it could be that you do not have permission to do so or the ability to change the DNS addresses is locked out by an administrator, if using a business computer. You can try to get the permissions granted to your user account on the computer or ask a computer administrator to help you with changing the DNS addresses.

Tip: We suggest if a DNS address is already entered, you write the address information down in case you need to change it back.

Windows 8 users
Windows 7 users
Windows Vista users
Windows XP users
Windows 98 users

Microsoft Windows 8 users

  1. Access the Windows desktop screen.
  2. Press Ctrl + I on the keyboard to open the Settings menu and select the Control Panel option.
  3. Click the Network and Sharing Center icon.
  4. Click the Change adapter settings option in the left navigation pane.
  5. Double-click the icon for the Internet connection you are using. This may be labeled "Ethernet" if using a wired Internet or network connection, or it may be labeled "Wi-Fi" if using a wireless Internet or network connection. If you have multiple connections, make sure not to select the one with the red X. In the Properties or Status window that opens, click the Properties button.
  6. Select the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) option in the list of items on the Properties window and click the Properties button.
  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.

Microsoft Windows 7 users

  1. Click Start and then 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. Often this will be labeled "Local Area Connection" or the name of your ISP. If you have multiple connections, make sure not to click the one with the red X.
  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.

Microsoft Windows Vista users

  1. Click Start and then Control Panel
  2. Click View network status and tasks
  3. Click View status for the network connection.
  4. Click Properties and Continue.
  5. Click and highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
  6. If not already selected, select the Use the following DNS server addresses option.
  7. Enter the new DNS addresses and click OK and close out of all other windows.

Microsoft Windows XP users

  1. Click Start, Settings, and then Control Panel
  2. In the Control Panel window double-click the Network Connections icon.
  3. Double-click the icon for the Internet connection you're using. Often this will be labeled "Local Area Connection" or the name of your ISP. If you have multiple connections, make sure not to click the one with the red X.
  4. Click the Properties button.
  5. Highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) in the connection items list and click the Properties button.
  6. If not already selected, select the Use the following DNS server addresses option.
  7. Enter the new DNS addresses and click OK and close out of all other windows.

Windows 98 users

  1. Click Start, Settings, and then Control Panel
  2. In the Control Panel window double-click the Network icon.
  3. Highlight TCP/IP Ethernet adapter in the connection items list and click the Properties button.
  4. In the Properties window, click the DNS Configuration tab and select Enable DNS.
  5. If any DNS Server is listed, highlight each and click the Remove button.
  6. Once no DNS is listed, type in the new addresses and click the Add button.
  7. Once the new addresses are added, click Ok and close out of all other windows.

Additional information

  • See the DNS and TCP/IP definitions for further information and related links.