How Do I Find My Preferred DNS Server Windows 10?


Larry Thompson

Do you ever find yourself experiencing slow internet speeds or frequent connection issues? The problem might not be with your internet service provider, but rather with your DNS server. DNS stands for Domain Name System, and it is responsible for translating domain names into IP addresses, allowing you to access websites easily.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to find your preferred DNS server on Windows 10. By choosing the right DNS server, you can potentially improve your internet speed and browsing experience.

Method 1: Using the Network Connections Settings

If you prefer a graphical interface to change your DNS server settings, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the network icon in the system tray and select “Open Network & Internet settings”.
  2. In the Network & Internet settings window, click on “Change adapter options” located under the “Change your network settings” section.
  3. A new window will open with a list of network connections. Right-click on the network connection that you are currently using and select “Properties”.
  4. In the Properties window, scroll down and double-click on “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” or “Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)” depending on which one you are using.
  5. In the next window, select the option “Use the following DNS server addresses”.
  6. Enter the IP address of your preferred DNS server in the “Preferred DNS server” field. If you have a secondary DNS server, enter its IP address in the “Alternate DNS server” field.
  7. Click “OK” to save your changes.

Method 2: Using Command Prompt

If you prefer using the command line, you can also find your preferred DNS server by following these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “cmd” and press Enter to open Command Prompt.
  3. In Command Prompt, type “ipconfig /all” and press Enter.
  4. Scroll through the list of information until you find the section that says “DNS Servers”. Here, you will see the IP addresses of your current DNS servers.


Finding your preferred DNS server on Windows 10 is a simple process that can potentially improve your internet speed and browsing experience. Whether you choose to use the graphical interface or the command line, changing your DNS server settings can make a noticeable difference in how quickly you can access websites. Experiment with different DNS servers to find the one that works best for you!

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