Configuring Your DNS Servers Part 2 (Windows Computers Only)

So, you’ve decided that you want to ditch your ISP’s DNS servers for whatever reason.  In Part 1, I gave you the IP’s for Google Public DNS and OpenDNS.  Now, it’s time to get into the guts of the matter and make the changes.  As mentioned before, I will show you in two major sections “On your Computer” and “On your router/modem”.  I will further break the first section down into Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. 

On Your Computer

Windows machines:

In Windows, the actual changes are the same, it’s how you get to them that differs.  The location is the “Properties” option of the Network adapter that you’re using (wired, or wireless).  Here’s how to find this location.

Windows XP and earlier:  Click your Start Menu.  Then either “right-click” on My Network Places (and choose Properties) or left click on Control Panel (if “My Network Places isn’t listed).  If you choose the Control Panel, then you need to click on “Internet and Network Connections (in category view) or “Network Connections” in Classic View.  In category View, you have an additional step—click on Network Connections at the bottom.

**Alternative Method**  If you have the network icon on your systray, you can always click on it and bring up the dialog box that says “Properties” or “Disable”.  This is the quickest method, because clicking on Properties will get you right to the point you need to be.

Windows Vista or Windows 7:  In Vista and Windows 7, the location has been hidden in an extra step.  Now, you have to go to the Network and Sharing Center, and move from there.  You can get there by either left clicking the network icon (and then clicking “Open Network and Sharing Center” in the box), right clicking the icon and selecting “Open Network and Sharing Center”, clicking your Start button and right clicking on the “Network” and choosing Properties, or clicking on Control Panel –> View Network Status and Tasks.

No matter how you get to the “Network and Sharing Center” in Vista or Windows 7, you need to click on “Change Adapter Settings” to get to the same location as you would in Windows XP or earlier.

Now that we’re in the Adapter Settings (or if you chose to do the Alternative Method, you’re still waiting for us to catch up), here’s how we change the properties.

1.  Right click on the Adapter that you’re using (it will usually say “Connected” somewhere in the information) and choose Properties  (this brings you up to speed with the Alternative Method people).

2.  In the box that opened, click on Internet Protocol TCP/IP (or Internet Protocol v4 TCP/IP, if you have both IPv4 and IPv6 installed).

3.  Click on Properties.

4.  Click on the button that says “Use the following DNS Servers”.

5.  Put the IP addresses from Part 1 into the spaces provided for the DNS Servers.  Remember, you can use one IP address from either service, both from one service, or one from each service.  But, if you put two IP addresses in, they have to be different.

6. Click OK. Then Click OK on the Properties box.

7.  You may have to restart the computer to make the changes take effect.  Otherwise, you’re good to go.

***Edit*** Originally, I intended for this to be a single post, but because it ended up being long, I’m breaking it up into at least two posts.  This post will cover Windows, and the next post will cover Linux, Mac OS X, and hopefully touch on routers/modems.

Have a great day:)

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