[FIXED] Your DNS Server Might be Unavailable Error

Internet access is one of the most important aspects of any computer in today’s time. Talking about the Windows operating system, which is undoubtedly the most widely used operating system in the world, it allows users to access the internet without any issues for most of the time.

However, there are indeed times when the Windows system throws random errors at the user when they try to access the internet. One such weird error is the “Your DNS Server Might Be Unavailable” error. The“Your DNS Server Might Be Unavailable” is quite hard to fix for people who aren’t technically aware of an internet connection.

If you are also facing the “Your DNS Server Might Be Unavailable” and if you need some quick solutions to fix the “Your DNS Server Might Be Unavailable” error that you can follow without having much technical knowledge, then in this article, we will help you out.

If you have an antivirus or firewall or VPN software installed on your Windows system, then that may be the reason for causing the “Your DNS Server Might Be Unavailable” error in your Windows system.

How to fix “Your DNS Server Might Be Unavailable” Error in Windows?

Here are some of the easiest solutions to fix “Your DNS Server Might Be Unavailable” error in the Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 operating systems.

Solution #1: Flush the DNS

  1. Press the R key and the Windows key on your keyboard.
  2. The “Run” window will now appear.
  3. Type in the command “cmd.exe” and click on the “OK” option.
  4. The Command Prompt window will now appear.
    Flush the DNS
    Flush the DNS

     

  5. In the Command Prompt window, type the command “ipconfig /flushdns” and press the Enter key.
  6. Now, enter the “ipconfig /release” command and press Enter.
  7. Lastly, type “ipconfig /renew” and press the Enter key.
  8. After executing all the three commands above, close the Command Prompt window.
  9. Reboot your system.

Check if you are able to connect to the internet now. This solution is the most effective solution to fix the “Your DNS Server Might Be Unavailable” error in Windows.

Solution #2: Use Free DNS by Google

  1. Click on the Search bar located in the bottom left corner of your Windows taskbar.
  2. Type “Control Panel” and from the search result, click on the “Control Panel” desktop app.
  3. When the Control Panel window appears, click on “Network and Internet”.
  4. Click on “Network and Sharing Center” option.
  5. Find your current internet connection and using your mouse, right-click on the same.
  6. From the drop-down menu that appears, click on “Properties”.
  7. In the new window that appears, switch to the “Networking” tab.
  8. Check if the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) option is checked. If the option is unchecked, check the same.
    Use Free DNS by Google
    Use Free DNS by Google

     

  9. Keep the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” checked and then click on the “Properties” button below the list.
  10. A new “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties” window will appear.
  11. In the window, check the “Use the following DNS server addresses” radio button.
  12. In the “Preferred DNS server” field, enter the value “8 . 8 . 8 . 8” or “ 208.67.222.222”.
  13. In the “Alternate DNS server” field, enter the value “8 . 8 . 4 . 4” or “208.67.220.220”.
  14. Click on “OK”.
  15. Reboot your system.

You are now using the faster free DNS by Google. It should have resolved the error you were facing.

Solution #3: Reset your Router

You may be facing the “Your DNS Server Might Be Unavailable” error due to some issues that your WiFi router is facing while connecting to the internet. Try resetting your router to remove any such issues.

The procedures to reset a WiFi router depends on the manufacturer and you can find a detailed tutorial on how to reset your WiFi router in the user manual that came along with your router.

In most routers, there will be a reset button on probably the back side of the router. Pressing and holding the button should reset your router. Alternatively, you can also unplug and then connect your router again to the power source to reset it.

However, we recommend you to follow the prescribed resetting procedures for your router that is mentioned in the user manual.

Solution #4: Disable Antivirus/Firewall/VPN Software

If you have an antivirus or firewall or VPN software installed on your Windows system, then that may be the reason for causing the “Your DNS Server Might Be Unavailable” error in your Windows system.

To check if the “Your DNS Server Might Be Unavailable” error in your Windows system is caused by an issue related to either the firewall or VPN or antivirus software installed on your system, try disabling each of the software installed on your system one by one.

If disabling either the antivirus or firewall or VPN software resolves the error on your system, then uninstall the software and use some other software or try updating the software installed on your PC to the latest version.

Solution #5: Run Network Troubleshooter

  1. Click on the Search bar in the taskbar of your Windows desktop.
  2. Type “Network Troubleshooter”.
  3. From the search results, click on “Identify and repair network problems”.
    Run Network Troubleshooter
    Run Network Troubleshooter

     

  4. The “Network Troubleshooter” wizard will now run automatically. If any network errors are present, it will detect and automatically fix the error. If the error needs to be fixed manually, the troubleshooter will provide instructions on the screen.

Solution #6: Reset TCP/IP Connection

  1. Press the X key + Windows key.
  2. From the list of options that appear, click on “Command Prompt (Admin)” or “PowerShell (Admin)”.
  3. The Command Prompt window will now appear.
    Reset TCP/IP Connection
    Reset TCP/IP Connection

     

  4. Type the command “netsh int ip reset” and press Enter.

The issue should now be resolved.

Final Words

Did the solutions to fix “Your DNS Server Might Be Unavailable” error on Windows mentioned above help you in resolving the error in your system?

If yes, do mention the solution that helped you fix it. Also, if some solution other than the ones mentioned above helped you in fixing the error, then do mention the solution as a comment below to help others.

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