Tips to Clear DNS Cache on Windows

Easy Steps to Flush DNS Cache in Windows 11 (and Older Windows Versions)

Clearing your DNS cache might be required in case you are having issues with Internet connection. In the article down below, complete method to clear your DNS cache on Windows 11 has been shown, yet the same steps can also be applied in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and older Windows versions.

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Similar to internet browsers, cache files of previous Domain Name System (DNS) lookups in the DNS cache can also be stored by operating systems.

In the DNS cache, IP addresses of web servers which contain websites visited by you in recent times are stored. When a webpage is accessed for the first time by the user, the website’s DNS cache files are stored by the operating system. So as to execute future requests more rapidly, IP addresses and other DNS records are cached by the Windows.

While the traffic is so high, the load on the DNS server is reduced by the execution of caching the DNS. The DNS cache files will keep answering content requests without going through the DNS server until they are invalid.

As soon as the DNS cache turns out to be outdated or corrupted, it can cause the errors and security flaws. As a result, if you’re experiencing issues with Internet connection, getting errors such as error 404 due to a moved site name or host, not able to access particular sites, in these cases, you might want to delete your DNS cache.

You may also like to clear your DNS cache so as to prevent search behavior from being tracked as the cyber criminals can guess your browser history using the data stored in the DNS cache. In addition to that, you can also avoid DNS spoofing and guard your private or sensitive information, such as login credentials by flushing your DNS cache.

Method to Perform a DNS Flush

  • Open “Run” by pressing the “Windows+R” keys all together.

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  • Type in “CMD” in the Run dialog box, and then press “Ctrl+Shift+Enter” keys simultaneously that will open the “elevated Command Prompt”.

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  • Type in “ipconfig /flushdns” in the Command Prompt window, and then hit the Enter key. As soon as you run this command, the DNS cache files will be cleared, and it will also reset the DNS resolver cache.
  • Once done, close the Command Prompt.

Hopefully the above article helped you clear your DNS cache on Windows 11, or even if are working on Windows 10, Windows 8.1. If you haven’t performed the task so far but having issues with Internet connection, you should definitely accomplish this by going through the each above step carefully to get rid of the troubles.