How to use Google Public DNS on Windows 7 and Windows XP

1. Print this out if you are concerned that you won’t remember the details. You could lose your internet connection if something doesn’t go well. You can reverse any changes you make here by following these steps.

2. Open up the Control Panel and click Network and Internet Connections.

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2. Then click Network Connections.

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4. Select your active internet connection and right click on it.

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5. Select the TCP/IP service in the list and then click on the Properties button.

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6. Look for the DNS section. If there are already numbers listed in there, be sure to write them down so that you can put things back the way they were if Google’s DNS doesn’t work out for you. If the obtain automaticallybutton is filled, select the use the followingbutton. Then enter in these two numbers ( 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 ) into the DNS section as shown. Click OK to finish up.

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7. Open up your web browser and surf around awhile. If you aren’t getting anywhere, try a reboot.

Set up Google Public DNS on Windows 7

1. Print this out if you are concerned that you won’t remember the details. You could lose your internet connection if something doesn’t go well. You can reverse any changes you make here by following these steps.

2. Open up the Control Panel, then select Network and Internet.

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3. Select Network and Sharing Center.

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4. Select Change adapter settings.

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5. Right click on your current internet connection and choose Properties.

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6. Select the TCP/IPv4service in the list, then click the Propertiesbutton.

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7. Look for the DNS section. If there are already numbers listed in there, be sure to write them down so that you can put things back the way they were if Google’s DNS doesn’t work out for you. If the obtain automaticallybutton is filled, select the use the followingbutton. Then enter in these two numbers ( 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 ) into the DNS section as shown. Click OK to finish up.

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8. Open up your web browser and surf around awhile. If you aren’t getting anywhere, try a reboot.

More Details about Google’s Public DNS Server

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

I’m not comfortable with a full recommendation for Google’s Public DNS servers yet. However, if your current DNS server is unreliable, this is a fine alternative. It’s simple to set up and it shouldn’t do any harm. You can always change the settings back to what they were before. If Google starts adding more features to this service, I’ll give it a higher rating.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5

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