DNS (Domain Name System) is your PC’s way of translating website names (that people understand) into IP addresses (that computers understand). Windows PC cache DNS results locally (on a temporary database) to speed up future access to those hostnames. The DNS cache contains records of all the recent visits and attempted visits to websites and other internet domains. But sometimes corruption on the Cache database result difficulty to reach a certain website or server.
If you found your self web pages not opening, having internet connection problem, DNS server not working or DNS cache corrupted, All you have to flush Windows DNS cache that helps resolve DNS related problems that include Website not found, Web browser unable to view certain web pages etc.
“Flushing” is simply the process of emptying out the cache records.
Note: We tested the method on Windows 10 but it should work fine on devices running Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista or XP even Windows server 2012, 2008, 2000.
Flush DNS using Command line
- Press Windows + R, Type ipconfig /flushdns and press enter key.
- Or open Command prompt as administrator
- type ipconfig /flushdns and press enter key
- This will flush the DNS cache and you will get a message saying “Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache“.
Also, you can use the command:
- ipconfig /displaydns: To Check out the DNS record under Windows IP configuration.
- ipconfig /registerdns: To reregister DNS entries.
- ipconfig /release: To Release your current IP address settings.
- ipconfig /renew: Reset and request new IP address to DHCP server.
Clear Google chrome cache
To clear cache for Chrome browser
Open google chrome, on address bar type chrome://net-internals/#dns and enter.
Click on “Clear host cache.”