Are you facing a problem accessing the Internet? After troubleshooting, does the diagnostic say “Your DNS server might not be available” ? If so, you are in the right place because this guide will help you get rid of this frustrating problem so that you can access the Internet again.
Windows 10 is the most powerful version of all. But the internet connection became a necessity for this version to maintain its charm. Internet connection is a must when it comes to Windows 10 because apps like Skype, Windows Store, and frequent Windows 10 updates require an active internet connection. But sometimes the connection goes down due to DNS issues and ultimately you can’t access the internet.
Therefore, when involved with such DNS problems, one should act soon to fix these problems and resurrect the internet connection.
When solving this problem through the Windows Network Diagnostic Troubleshooter it detects the following error message that says » Your DNS server might not be available. At first this message may haunt you, but luckily you can figure it out yourself by following this step-by-step guide.
Reasons for “ DNS server may not be available ” question
its DNS server might be experiencing problems due to the following reasons:
- Incorrectly configured DNS
- Incorrect DNS server address.
- Network connection malfunction.
- Changes in TCP / IP
- Two antivirus installed on a single system.
- Router problems.
Since there are many other reasons too, but these are the most common, troubleshooting that will get you out of the trouble of » DNS server not found » or » DNS server could be down » .
How to solve the problem “Your DNS server might not be available”
There can be many ways to solve this problem. Follow our step-by-step solutions to fix “Your DNS server might not be available” error in Windows 10, 8, and 7.
1. Basic fixes to resolve DNS server error
Above all, here are some basic solutions for this problem. One should try all of them before proceeding to the additional steps that involve complexity and complexity.
Basic solution 1: restart your router
This problem of “The DNS server is missing” it could be just a temporary problem that could be solved by simply restarting the router. The following steps are required to reset a router:
- First of all, turn off your PC.
- Unplug your router.
- Find a reset button (this button looks like a small hole).
- Press this button with a pin of the appropriate size.
- Reconnect your router.
- Finally, start your PC.
In conclusion, this is the simplest and most effective solution available that ensures to solve the problem in a short time.
Basic solution 2: uninstall strange antivirus software
Keeping more than one antivirus program on a system is dangerous because they tend to create conflicts between multiple security programs that lead to connection problems.
PROFESSIONAL TIP: If you are using a single antivirus software, try disabling your firewall and antivirus protection (AT YOUR OWN RISK) because antivirus can sometimes interfere with network connections.
Basic solution 3: update your Windows and drivers
Updating Windows and drivers can fix these problems beforehand because these updates are strongly tied to the daily performance of your system. Try updating Windows and drivers. Check if the problem is solved.
2. Clean up your DNS
Flushing your DNS means requesting a new IP address from the ISP server. This solution works most of the time and is more likely to solve not only this problem but other network-centric problems as well. The process is the following:
- Press the keys Windows + R and an application will open Run .
- In the text field, type » cmd.exe » and click To accept. This will open a command prompt window.
- Finally, in the cmd window enter these following commands and press Enter after writing each of them:
- ipconfig / flushdns
- ipconfig / release
- ipconfig / renew
This will flush your DNS and configure a new IP setting and you will not see any errors or warnings “Could not find DNS server, could not be located” again.
3. Reset your TCP / IP using cmd
TCP / IP refers to the Transmission Control Protocol and the Internet Protocols are a set of communication matching used to link network devices on the Internet. TCP / IP can go down temporarily or be permanent because it generates the following error messages:
- DNS server exhausted
- DNS server is not responding
- DNS server disconnected
- Diagnostic Policy Service is not running
- DNS server keeps disconnecting
Therefore, the only solution for all these problems or errors is to reset your TCP / IP to reestablish the connection. To reset TCP / IP, follow these simple steps:
- Press Windows key + X . Please select Windows PowerShell (Administrator) / Command Prompt (Administrator) of the list. This will run the command prompt as administrator.
- When the Powershell or Command Prompt window opens, type » netsh int IP address ».
- Finally, press Enter .
Consequently, after running this command, it is pretty sure that you will not get the problem “Your DNS server might not be available” in your troubleshooting window and you will be able to access the Internet again. If you’re still stuck, let us know in the comment section below.
4. Try using OpenDNS or Google’s public DNS
If you’re still stuck on the same thing, try setting your DNS manually. So you can temporarily use Google’s free DNS or any OpenDNS.
To configure your DNS:
- First, press the Windows key + R and write “Ncpa.cpl” . Click on To accept.
- Find your network profile, right click over it and select Properties.
- In the window Properties , select Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP / IPv4) and touch Properties .
- Accordingly, select Use the following DNS server addresses and enter the following addresses in the same order as below:
- Preferred DNS server: 126.96.36.199
- Alternate DNS server: 188.8.131.52
- Finally, make click on To accept.
Alternatively, you can also search the same results for Google public DNS server entries by clicking here .
This will solve your missing DNS problem in no time.
If you are still unable to resolve this error, the issues may be related to your
- WiFi connection
- Ethernet controller
- Wifi controller
- Modem / DSL
You can try some more solutions;
- Fix DNS_Probe_Finished_No_Internet Error
- Repair Ethernet Not Working Error
- How to reset Chrome without uninstalling
These 3 solutions are also related to Internet connection and you should refer to them to know more about them.
In conclusion, I would like to hear from you whether these solutions worked for you or not in the comment section below. I hope you can access the internet now and enjoy browsing the web again.