How to clear the DNS cache in Windows 10

Flush DNS Cache in Windows 10
Flush DNS Cache in Windows 10

In this post, I’ll show how to flush or clear the DNS cache in Windows 10. This procedure is necessary in order for previously cached resolutions to be cleared out and subsequent lookup to be performed based on newly configured DNS settings.

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The following is an instruction for clearing the DNS cache in Windows 10, and any earlier Windows version. The most important is that the commands need to be run at the Command Prompt with administrator privileges.

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Steps to clear the DNS cache in Windows 10

For Windows 8 and 10 will will need to follow below steps:

  1. Press the Windows Key or click on the Windows Icon.
  2. Type cmd.
  3. Under the Best Match, Command Prompt application will appear.
  4. Right-click on Command Prompt application.
  5. Choose Run as administrator.
  6. Enter ipconfig /flushdns in the command line.
  7. Hit Enter.
  8. Done. Click X to close Command Prompt.

For Windows 7 and earlier

The following steps is for Windows 7 and earlier:

  1. Click the Start Menu.
  2. Go to All Programs.
  3. Select Accessories.
  4.  Right-click on Command Prompt application.
  5. Choose Run as Administrator.
  6. Enter ipconfig /flushdns in the command line.
  7. Hit Enter.
  8. Done. Click X to close Command Prompt.

As mentioned above, these steps are important in order to ensure the subsequent DNS request will be using the newly configured DNS settings.

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