In this manual it is necessary to learn to change the DNS with the Microsoft operating system. In this case, let’s see how we can change and configure this look in Windows 10 for more speed, privacy and security. This tutorial can also be used to change DNS in Windows 7 and to change DNS in Windows 8.1.
Why change DNS?
DNS was born in 1983 after a HOST file was used until now that stored all known Internet domains. That was unsustainable due to the growth of the network of networks. There are several reasons to change the DNS in Windows 10. For example, this can help us to obtain more browsing speed, to access portals, services and web pages blocked in our country, to implement a parental control system and for other reasons related to the security of the connection. Among the advantages, we have:
- Reliability as they tend to offer greater stability and more actual uptime, also called availability.
- Speed that is placed, in some cases, ahead of the operators’ servers.
- Security as some offer protection against phishing or DNSSEC support.
- Parental control by having options such as filtering access to pages not recommended for minors.
- Skip restrictions to continue accessing domains blocked by the operator.
Luckily, changing DNS in Windows 10 is a simple task, much easier than doing it on iOS or Android mobile phones. For this, we are going to leave you a step-by-step tutorial with images, although first we would like to show you the best alternative DNS that we currently find on the market.
Network and Internet Settings
The process of changing the server DNS (Domain Name System or Domain Name System, in Spanish) It is a piece of cake in Windows 10. Although we do not recommend doing it for less experienced users, it is something that has little margin for error if the instructions are followed and one of the DNS servers mentioned in the final point of the article is used. Of course, we must exercise extreme caution and not use IP addresses that are provided in other places, due to possible security problems, covert advertising and others.
Now, we begin to explain the change of DNS in Windows. The first thing is to access the new Windows 10 settings menu. This can be done from the gear icon in the start menu, from the notifications panel by clicking on “all settings” or by typing Settings in the Cortana search engine. We can also skip this step if we right-click on the network icon and access “Open network and Internet settings”.
Once in “Windows Settings” we will have to open the menu of “Network and Internet”. Within that menu we can see the status of the network, dial-up, VPN, data usage or proxy. There are several things we can do in this menu, but we will stay on the initial screen and look for the option “Change adapter options”.
That will open the Classic Control Panel at your choice of Network connections Since this feature is not yet migrated to the new Windows 10 settings menu, this is something that Microsoft hasn’t addressed since the system was launched in 2015. So in Windows 7 and 8.1 we can get to this point without having to do all of the above just by opening the Control Panel.
Now we will have to locate the connection on which we want to change the DNS. In this case it is simple since we only have a wired network adapter, but in the case of laptops we can also have a WiFi or even Bluetooth adapter. To ensure, we can change the DNS on all adaptersThis is how it will work with wireless and wired connections.
We will click with the right button of the mouse on the network adapter and click on Properties. Inside the Network Functions tab we will look for the element Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP / IPv4) that we will mark and press the button again Properties from the bottom.
That will open the IP configuration menu in which we will have to look at the bottom and mark “Use the following DNS server addresses”. By activating that option, we can proceed to fill in “Preferred DNS Server” and “Alternative DNS Server” where we will introduce any of the recommended ones. It is not necessary to change the first part of the menu, that is, the one that says “Use the following IP address”.
It will be necessary to check the box “Validate configuration on exit” and click on To accept so that everything is perfectly stored. To verify that the changes have been applied correctly, we will open CMD or command prompt and type ipconfig / all. That will return all the aspects of the network configuration, of which we will look at the DNS Servers option.
The best DNS for Windows 10
These are the best DNS that the market offers us and that we can use in an alternative way to those automatically assigned by our operator, also without paying totally free:
Level3 – 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168
IBM Quad9 – 22.214.171.124
Verisign – 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52
Google – 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11
WATCH – 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124
Comodo Secure DNS – 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52
OpenDNS Home – 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11
GreenTeamDNS – 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124
SafeDNS – 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52
OpenNIC – 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11
SmartViper – 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124
Dyn – 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52
FreeDNS – 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11
Alternate DNS – 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124
DNS – 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52
UncensoredDNS – 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11
Hurricane Electric – 18.104.22.168
puntCAT – 22.214.171.124
Neustar – 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52
Cloudflare – 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11
Fourth Estate – 18.104.22.168
CleanBrowsing – 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199
UltraDNS – 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206
UltraDNS Family – 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168
If we do not decide on any of them, we can always resort to special programs that measure the performance of the DNS in our connection. This is important, as a DNS server may be a good fit for one person or in a particular country, and may not work as well under other conditions. For this, we can use DNS Benchmark, NameBench and DNS Perf to locate the fastest DNS that we can use on our computer. In addition to speed, we must assess aspects such as security or the possibility of applying parental control if we have children at home, but a high percentage of users mainly look for speed of resolution.