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How to Change DNS Servers in Windows 7?

In this internet infused era, Domain Name Servers aka DNS plays a pivotal role. Even if you are not a tech savvy, you are still using DNS servers in some way or the other. Domain Name Server helps the machine by translating the human-readable name to the IP addresses.

So, in case if you want to know how to change DNS server in Windows 7? Then you are at the right place. Additionally, you will also get to know how to change DNS settings in MAC? So, let’s get started:

What is Domain Name Server?

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If you want to know what are DNS settings, then you are at the right place. In order to be precise, DNS servers are the servers which translate the websites addresses and help you to connect with them through the means of internet. They are more like a domain directory which translates them to IP addresses.

DNS server address is primarily necessary because although domain names are easy to remember, the machines or computer access web entities based on IP addresses.

How to change DNS server in Windows 7?

The prerequisites for changing the DNS servers in Windows 7 are: You need to be connected to a network, and this is all that you will need.

Step #1: As the very first step, you need to click on the internet connection. The click has to be a right click. You can get access to the network icon which is usually positioned at the bottom right corner of the window just beside the clock.

Now, from the small dialog box which appears, you have to click on “Network and sharing center”. This will open a new window for you. For further instruction, you would like to see our next steps.

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In case, if you can’t access the internet icon from the taskbar, then you should consider clicking on the up arrow button. From the box which appears, you will be able to access the internet icon.

Step #2: Now, once you are in the network and sharing center window, you need to click on the “Change Adapter Settings” option from the left pane. This will direct you to another window, where you will see a list of internet connections.

Step #3: Now, from the list of the web connection, locate for the internet connection to which you are connected. Once you have found the same then, you need to double click on it. This will open a dialog box for you. From the dialog box, you need to select “Properties”.

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Step #4: You might be prompted to enter your system account control password or click on “Yes/No” to continue further. Just do the required as it will help you to finish the process.

Step #5: Once you are done with the previous steps and are on the “Properties” window then you need to scroll a bit to locate “Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4)”. Once you have found the same then, you need to double click on it. This will open a box for you with different fields.

Step #6: Now, check the checkbox next to which “Use the following DNS server addresses” is written. Now, all that you need is to enter the “Preferred DNS server” and then the “Alternative DNS server”. Once you are done with the mentioned then you now only need to click on “OK” and then close.

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For the sake of additional information, you should take a note that for Google DNS servers, you should consider typing 8.8.8.8 in the preferred DNS server field and 8.8.4.4 at the alternative DNS server field.

Alternatively, you can also type “ncpa.cpl” at the start section and it will directly take you to the list of internet connection. After that, you can proceed as specified above.

 

[Additional Information]: How to change DNS settings in MAC?

You might also be interested in changed DNS settings in MAC (if you own one).

Step #1: As the very initial step of this method, you are required to click on the “Apple” menu. Once the list has appeared in front of you then, you need to select “System Preferences”. This will redirect you to the “System Preferences” window.

Step #2: From the “system preferences” window, you need to locate for “Network”. Once you have found the same then, you need to click on it. Somehow, if you cannot access this, then one of the most probable reasons is that you don’t have administrator right. So, make sure to have one before proceeding further.

Step #3: Now, once you have successfully completed the previous steps then you need to click on your active internet connection. You can identify the active internet connection by the green dot next to it.
Clicking on the internet connect will direct you to a new window.

Step #4: Now, click on the “Advanced” button. From the following window, you need to click on the DNS tab which is positioned next to the TCP/IP tab. After this, you are required to click on the “+” button next to which IPv4 or IPv6 address is written. This will equip you with a privilege of adding new DNS servers.

Step #5: Now, add new DNS servers. For this, you will need to remove the old DNS addresses. Once, you have done the mentioned then you will now be able to access the blocked websites for which you updated the DNS servers.

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