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    Flush DNS Resolver Cache in Windows 10

    Flush DNS Resolver Cache in Windows 10

    How to Flush DNS Resolver Cache in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Network & Sharing
    11 Mar 2021
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    How to Flush DNS Resolver Cache in Windows 10


    A DNS (Domain Name System) resolver cache is a temporary database, maintained by Windows, that contains records of all your recent visits and attempted visits to websites and other Internet domains.

    The Internet relies on the Domain Name System (DNS) to maintain an index of all public websites and their corresponding IP addresses. Every time a user visits a website by its name (such as "tenforums.com"), the user's web browser initiates a request out to the Internet, but this request cannot be completed until the website name is converted into an IP address.

    This conversion process is called name resolution and is the job of DNS, but it takes time. A DNS cache attempts to speed up the process by handling the name resolution before the request is sent out to the Internet.

    If the IP address of a website changes before your DNS cache updates, you may not be able to load the webpage. If you are running into a lot of Page Not Found errors and you know you are connected to the Internet, you could try flushing your DNS cache to have your computer request new information.

    This tutorial will show you how to flush your DNS resolver cache in Windows 10, Microsoft Edge, and Google Chrome.


    Contents

    • Option One: Flush DNS Resolver Cache for Windows 10 in Command Prompt
    • Option Two: Flush DNS Resolver Cache for Windows 10 in PowerShell
    • Option Three: Flush DNS Resolver Cache in Microsoft Edge Chromium
    • Option Four: Flush DNS Resolver Cache in Google Chrome






    OPTION ONE

    Flush DNS Resolver Cache for Windows 10 in Command Prompt


    1 Open a command prompt.

    2 Copy and paste the ipconfig /flushdns command into the command prompt, and press Enter.

    3 When it has Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache, you can close the command prompt if you like.

    If you get a Could not flush the DNS Resolver Cache: Function failed during execution. error message, then make sure that the DNS Client service is enabled and running, and try again.

    Flush DNS Resolver Cache in Windows 10-flush_dns_command.png






    OPTION TWO

    Flush DNS Resolver Cache for Windows 10 in PowerShell


    To see more Clear-DnsClientCache command usage details, see: Clear-DnsClientCache | Microsoft Docs


    1 Open PowerShell.

    2 Copy and paste the Clear-DnsClientCache command into PowerShell, and press Enter.

    3 When it has Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache, you can close PowerShell if you like.

    If you get a Could not flush the DNS Resolver Cache: Function failed during execution. error message, then make sure that the DNS Client service is enabled and running, and try again.

    Flush DNS Resolver Cache in Windows 10-clear-dnsclientcache.png






    OPTION THREE

    Flush DNS Resolver Cache in Microsoft Edge Chromium


    1 Open Microsoft Edge.

    2 Copy and paste edge://net-internals/#dns into the address bar, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    3 Click/tap on the Clear host cache button.

    Flush DNS Resolver Cache in Windows 10-clear_dns_host_cache_in_microsoft_edge.png






    OPTION FOUR

    Flush DNS Resolver Cache in Google Chrome


    1 Open Google Chrome.

    2 Copy and paste chrome://net-internals/#dns into the address bar, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    3 Click/tap on the Clear host cache button.

    Flush DNS Resolver Cache in Windows 10-clear_dns_host_cache_in_google_chrome.png


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Brink's Avatar
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    Tutorial updated to add options 3 and 4 to flush DNS resolver cache in Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome.
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