DNS server configuration – Windows

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This guide will show you how to configure your Windows machine 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 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:

The Windows network properties window.

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Set the DNS server addresses

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

Windows local area connection properties screen.

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 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.

For ExpressVPN 5.x:

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

Access the options menu in the ExpressVPN Windows app.

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.

VPN options in the ExpressVPN 3.0 app.

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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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