How to Flush and Reset the DNS Cache in Windows 10?

Do you have or you are currently experiencing DNS related problems on your Microsoft Windows 10 device? Do not worry as there are ways to solve these issues and one method you could use is by flushing your DNS resolver cache.  If you do not know how to so this, do not fret as through this article, we shall guide you not only on how to do this but also be able to solve issues such as website not found errors or issues involving not being able to view certain web pages. We hope that through the guide that we will provide below, you will be able to learn how to solve the mentioned issues and problems related to your DNS. 

How to flush and reset the DNS Cache?

Option 1 – through Windows Command

For you to be able to reset your DNS resolver cache, you will have to follow the steps provided below:

  • Click on the Start button 
  • Type CMD 
  • Right click on command prompt
  • Select Run as Administrator
  • Type ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /flushdns
  • Press Enter
  • Once you see a command box that will appear on your screen for a split second. This means that your DNS resolver cache is cleared. 

Options 2 – Windows PowerShell 

  • Select start button
  • Type and enter powershell
  • Select Windows PowerShell
  • Type the command, clear-DnsClientCache 
  • Press Enter

Take in mind that these methods would only apply to Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, 2000, 2003 and 2008.


What is the DNS Resolver Cache?

When you visit a site through its domain name, your browser is directed to a DNS server. This means, it would know and learn the IP address of the website that you would want to visit. Then, after that, you will be directed to the mentioned website. This will then record the IP address that the domain name will point to. This means, in case you would visit these websites again, you will be able to access them quicker and faster. In other words, all the mentioned records will create the make-up of the DNS Resolver Cache. 

Why would flushing the DNS Resolver Cache fix anything?

There are times when IP addresses of some sites could change and your DNS Resolver Cache could record the old IP address which could result to your computer not being able to reach the site. Furthermore, there is also a possibility that your Cache data could be corrupted. Hence, by clearing your DNS could help you connect to a site. 

Can I view the data in the DNS Resolver Cache?

Yes, you could view your data in the DNS resolver cache. To do this, all you need to do is from command prompt, use the command ipconfig/displaydns command or you could also use the “Get”>-DnsClientCache” Powershell command. 


This concludes our article on how to flush and reset your DNS Cache on your Windows 10 computer. We hope that through this article, we were able to provide you useful information which will help you solve website not found error and/or issues. 

Renee Biana

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