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FAQ 156: Change your DNS to obtain automatically

Category: Troubleshooting


Anytime you change your DNS settings you should either...
 - restart your computer    or...
 - close all Internet browsers and flush the DNS cache


Windows XP, Server 2003 or Windows Home Server

- Open Control Panel
- Open Network Connections
- Right-click on the network adapter you use, select Properties
- In the list you'll find "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" select to highlight it, but don't uncheck it
- Click the Properties button
- Click the option button "Obtain DNS server address automatically"
- Click OK, click Close, your computer may think for a second


Windows Vista

- Open Control Panel
- Open Network and Sharing Center (if you don't see it, click "Classic View" on the left-hand side)
- On the left-hand side, under Tasks, pick "Manage Network Connections"
- Right-click on the network adapter you use, select Properties
- In the list you'll find "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" select to highlight it, but don't uncheck it
- Click the Properties button
- Click the option button "Obtain DNS server address automatically"
- Click OK, click Close, your computer may think for a second


Windows 7 or 8

- Open Control Panel
- Open Network and Sharing Center (if you don't see it, change "View by:" to Small icons)
- On the left-hand side, pick "Change adapter settings"
- Right-click on the network adapter you use, select Properties
- In the list you'll find "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" select to highlight it, but don't uncheck it
- Click the Properties button
- Click the option button "Obtain DNS server address automatically"
- Click OK, click Close, your computer may think for a second


Mac OS X

- Go to System Preferences
- Click on Network
- On the left-hand side, pick the network connection you are using (Ethernet or AirPort if using wireless)
- Click the Advanced button
- Use the minus ( - ) button to remove all DNS servers listed in dark black font
- Click OK



 
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