How to Set Up or Change DNS Settings in Windows 7

Under many conditions, you may need to change the DNS settings in Windows 7. For example, while there is something wrong with your Internet connection, you may use another public DNS server for troubleshooting.

For another instance, you just bought a new computer and would like to use the Internet connection provided by your ISP, you need to set up the DNS server in your network settings before you surf the Internet.

Change DNS Settings in Windows 7

So, how to do this well by yourself? I will show you the steps in how to set up or change DNS settings in Windows 7. The steps are not complex. The step by step tutorial with screenshots will make you more clear.

(1) Go to Control Panel

Change DNS Settings in Windows 7

Figure a-1: Step 1 to change DNS settings in Windows 7

Click on the Start(1) button which is at the bottom left corner of your screen, and then click Control Panel(2).

(2) Go to Network Connections

View Network Connections

Figure a-2: Step 2 to change DNS settings in Windows 7

In Control Panel, type “Network(3) in the search bar, and then many options related to Network will be showed up. Click on the View network connections(4) link.

(3) Choose a Connection

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Figure a-1: Step 3 to change DNS settings in Windows 7

Right-click on the connection icon (5) and a corresponding menu will be displayed.

(4) Go to Connection Properties

Select Properties to Set DNS Servers

Figure a-4: Step 4 to change DNS settings in Windows 7

Select Properties to go into the connection’s Properties window.

(5) Go to the TCP/IPv4 setting

Set TCPIP IPv4

Figure a-5: Step 5 to change DNS settings in Windows 7

In the Networking tab (7), double-click on the item corresponding with Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) (8). (Or you can click on it and then click on the Properties button as shown as figure a-5)

(6) Change DNS settings in Windows 7

Change DNS Settings in Windows7

Figure a-6: The last step to change DNS settings in Windows 7

This is the last step to change DNS settings in Windows 7, I use the Google’s public DNS server addresses as the example. (See figure a-6)

Select Use the following DNS server addresses(9), and then, fill in the Preferred DNS server field with number “8.8.8.8″ (Google’s primary DNS server), and fill in the alternate DNS server field with number “8.8.4.4″ (Google’s secondary DNS server).

Click OK(10) to save the settings and the process to change DNS settings in Windows 7 is done.

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