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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.
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:
Set the DNS server addresses
Double-click Internet Protocol Version 4 (if that does not appear, just Internet Protocol):
Select Use the following DNS server addresses, then type the following Google DNS server addresses:
Preferred DNS server:
Alternate DNS server:
If Google DNS is blocked for you, please try:
- Neustar DNS Advantage (22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199)
- Level3 DNS (188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206)
Enter the addresses, then select OK, and OK.
Set ExpressVPN’s DNS settings
Now we have to change ExpressVPN’s DNS settings.
Click on the hamburger menu (≡), then click Options.
In the Advanced tab, uncheck the box for Only use ExpressVPN DNS servers while connected.
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.