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Changing DNS settings in Windows 8

Summary: Find out how you can change your DNS settings in Windows 8

Here we'll show you how to manually assign DNS (Domain Name Service) servers for your Internet connection using Windows 8.

  1. Open the Control Panel. You can either:

    • On the Start screen, type 'Control Panel' and click on the Control Panel link in the the search results
    • In desktop mode, open the Charms menu, choose settings and then select Control Panel

    If you need help with either of the above steps, please see our Windows 8 basics guide.

  2. From the Control Panel, under Network and Internet, click View network status and tasks.

    Windows 8 - Network and Internet
  3. Click the link next to Connections on the right.

    This screenshot shows a wireless connection to a Plusnet router so the link is Wifi (PlusnetWireless). If you're using a wired connection the link will be named differently.

    Windows 8 - Manage Network Connection
  4. On the connection status window, click Properties.

    Windows 8 - Network Properties
  5. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list, then click Properties.

    Windows 8 - Select IPv4 Properties
  6. Select Use the following DNS server addresses, and enter:

    • Preferred DNS server:
    • Alternate DNS server:
    Windows 8 - Use the following DNS server addresses
  7. Finally click OK on this and the previous windows to save your changes.


This page was last updated 6th February 2013

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