Tips to change DNS settings in Windows® XP
Discuss why DNS settings are important. What are the prescribed methods to change the DNS settings in Windows XP?
The Domain Name Server systems are the components that are configured for the purpose of providing better support for the networking options. The Domain Name Systems would store the IP addresses of the various websites that are being visited by the user through the browsers. The DNS settings refer to the behavior of the DNS systems on the user's computers. The user can enable the configurations for the DNS servers on the systems through the DNS settings option. The DNS settings would be automatically enabled upon the system as the default ones while configuring the networking properties. The default settings can be changed according to the need of the user. The DNS settings also provide options for the user by enabling some specific capabilities of the website domains. The DNS management interface option provided along with the settings also offer better options for the users for setting up the DNS systems.
Discussed below are some points related to changing the DNS settings on Windows XP:
- Tips to remember while doing so
- Specify the DNS
- Map the IP address
Tips to remember while doing so
The user can change the DNS settings on Windows XP in the following manner- by specifying the DNS that should be used upon the system and by mapping the IP address of the server. The change of DNS settings should be done based only on the criteria provided to the users. Else the wrong settings would affect the system connections. The user should enter the system as the administrator and should possess access to the network properties option.
Specify the DNS
The user can change the DNS settings through specifying the DNS to be used for the browsing action on the system. In most of the Windows XP systems, the DNS is configured as automatic since the Internet Service Providers are responsible for configuring the DNS. But the user can configure or specify another DNS that is suitable for the system. For that, the user should open the network connection properties window through the control panel or by right clicking on the local area connection icon at the desktop notification area. Inside the window, click on TSP/IP settings properties and provide the desired DNS server address at the space. Deselect the automatic option at first for enabling this option. After entering the DNS server addresses, the user should click on advanced properties option for enabling more number of DNS servers.
The second technique to configure or change the DNS settings is through the mapping of the IP address. The method enables the user to change the individual settings for the domains without changing the main DNS settings. For changing the settings, the user should open the file at the following location in a notepad; C:WINDOWSsystem32driversetchosts. At the end portion of the file, provide the IP address and domain of the individual DNS server. If the option is not there, the normal one would be used upon the system.
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