Clearing Windows® DNS cache
What is the method for clearing the DNS cache in Windows computers?
Windows is a highly functional operating system released by Microsoft. It offers various options that increase users' productivity along with enhacing their computing experience. The easy-to-use interface and the resource- friendly working platform of Windows enables all kinds of users to use the OS on low-configuration systems. Windows operating systems offer good support to third-party programs and they have a number of networking features that help to connect the system seamlessly over different types of computer network. DNS or Domain Name Server is a networking component that translates IP addresses into alphanumerical characters or those that can be read by humans. Windows operating system have the DNS caching functionality that helps users configure and use network connection through a defined DNS address. A Windows operating system caches the resolved items through the configured servers for fast access later. DNS caching allows a system to resolve the required parameter by reading files in the local cache which speeds up the processing of the webpage. DNS cache not just help users navigate easily through Internet websites but they also open up required websites at faster rates.
Discussed below are some points that will help users clear DNS cache in Windows:
- Launch CMD
- IP Config command
- Flush/clear DNS cache
Windows users can flush the DNS cache in their system by using DOS commands. Windows has a DOS command line tool called CMD which can be accessed by Windows users via the system 'Start' menu. Users are advised that they run the CMD with elevated privileges to prevent restrictions and related issues from causing interferences during the processing of the intended operation.
IP Config command
IP Config is a DOS command that helps Windows users by displaying different network-related parameters in the system. Users can view the different advanced network parameters in the system like DNS server addresses, IP addresses, preferred protocols, standby network devices etc by using the IP Config command. Entering the IP Config /? Command in CMD Windows helps user choose between the commands that are related to the master module.
The DNS server cache can be cleared by using related commands in the IP Config command tree. Windows users are advised that they enter ‘IP Config /flushdns’ without quotations in the CMD window that is opened with administrative privileges. A message reading "Successfully flushed the DNS resolver cache" will be displayed soon after the clearing of the system DNS cache is confirmed.
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