DNS server configuration – Windows

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Manually configuring your Windows computer with other DNS server addresses can help you access blocked sites and enjoy faster speeds. To configure your Windows computer, please follow the instructions below.

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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 and hold the Windows logo key and press R. (⊞ Win + R)

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:

network properties

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Set the DNS server addresses

Double-click Internet Protocol Version 4 (if that doesn’t appear, just Internet Protocol):

ipv4

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

screenshot: use the following dns server addresses

 

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 5.x:

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

access the options

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

uncheck the box for expressvpn's dns servers

 

For ExpressVPN 4.2:

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

Click the three dots to access ExpressVPN's options

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

screenshot to uncheck the box for "only use ExpressVPN's DNS servers"

 

For ExpressVPN 4.0 and 4.1:

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

Click the three dots to access ExpressVPN's options

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

screenshot: set ExpressVPN DNS

 

For ExpressVPN 3.X:

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

expressvpn options

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A note about PPPoE

Note: If you’re connecting to your ISP via a PPPoE connection, then 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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