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This guide will show you how to configure your Windows computer with other DNS server addresses.

Manually configuring your Windows computer with other DNS server addresses can help you access blocked sites and enjoy faster speeds.

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Open the Network Connections settings
Set the DNS server addresses
Set ExpressVPN’s DNS settings
A note about PPPoE


Open the Network Connections settings

Press the Windows logo key (⊞) + R to open the Run prompt.

Type: ncpa.cpl and click OK.

In the Network Connections window, find the connection through which you connect to the internet. Usually, this is Local Area Connection or Wireless Network Connection. If you use both, perform the following steps on both.

Right-click the connection and select Properties:

Windows Network Connections window with Properties selected.

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Set the DNS server addresses

Double-click Internet Protocol Version 4 (if that does not appear, just Internet Protocol):

Windows local area connection properties window with Internet Protocol Version 4 selected.

Select Use the following DNS server addresses, then type the following Google DNS server addresses:

Windows Internet Protocol Version 4 Properties window with DNS server addresses highlighted.

 

Preferred DNS server: 8.8.8.8
Alternate DNS server: 8.8.4.4

If Google DNS is blocked for you, please try:

    • Neustar DNS Advantage (156.154.70.1 and 156.154.71.1)
    • Level3 DNS (4.2.2.1 and 4.2.2.2)

Enter the addresses, then select OK, and OK.

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Set ExpressVPN’s DNS settings

Now we have to change ExpressVPN’s DNS settings.

For ExpressVPN 6.x:

Click the hamburger menu (≡), then click Options.

Select the Advanced tab. Uncheck the box for Only use ExpressVPN DNS servers while connected, then click OK.

ExpressVPN Windows Options menu with DNS box unchecked.

For ExpressVPN 5.x:

Click the three dots (…), then click Options.

ExpressVPN Windows menu with Options selected.

Select the Advanced tab. Uncheck the box for Only use ExpressVPN DNS servers while connected to the VPN, then click OK.

ExpressVPN Windows Options menu with DNS box unchecked.

For ExpressVPN 4.2:

Click the three dots (…), then click Options.

ExpressVPN Windows menu with Options highlighted.

Select the Advanced tab. Uncheck the box for Only use ExpressVPN DNS servers while connected to the VPN, then click OK.

ExpressVPN Windows Options screen with DNS box unchecked.

For ExpressVPN 4.0 and 4.1:

Click the three dots (…), then click Options.

ExpressVPN Windows menu with Options highlighted.

From the General tab, uncheck the box for Only use ExpressVPN DNS servers while connected to the VPN, then click OK.

ExpressVPN General screen with "only use ExpressVPN DNS" unchecked.

For ExpressVPN 3.X:

Go to Options and uncheck the option that says Only use DNS servers set by the VPN.

ExpressVPN Windows Options screen with "Only use ExpressVPN DNS servers" unchecked.

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A note about PPPoE

Note: If you are connecting to your ISP via a PPPoE connection, set the DNS servers on the PPPoE connection itself and then restart your computer for the DNS settings to take effect.

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