Have you ever wondered how to clear DNS cache on Windows 10? When your computer suffers from DNS-related issues, flushing out the resolver cache can actually help. If you encounter problems, like having a notification ‘website not found. Error’ or you can’t view certain changed pages, then you are likely having such an issue. However, different operating systems (or versions) will have different results. And if you have Windows 10, there are some solutions that you can do to deal with the issue.
Understanding DNS (Resolver) Cache
What is a DNS cache, anyway? You see, when you visit a site, your system will ‘memorize’ it so it can access the same site quicker if you want to visit it again. Let’s say that you want to visit facebook.com. Once you type it in the browser, it is directed to the (DNS) server. The server learns the site’s IP address (Facebook). And then you will be directed and taken to the site. The record of the activity (where you type in Facebook and you visit the page) will stay in your system. And such records create a DNS Resolver Cache. So, it’s basically the memory of all the websites and pages that you have visited.
Why clearing up the DNS cache? There are several reasons why clearing out the cache can actually help your system:
- First, a website’s IP address may change. If your system has the old one, your computer won’t be able to reach it.
- Second, cached data are possibly corrupted
- Third, you free some space from the cache and basically clean up the system
If you have some issues whenever you use the browser, then clearing out the cache will help quite a lot.
If you want to reset the DNS cache, you need to do the following stages:
- Choose Start, and then type in ‘cmd’
- When you see the option Command Prompt, right-click on it. Then, choose Run as Administrator
- Type ipconfig/flushdns and then go with Enter. Make sure that everything that you have typed in doesn’t have any space
- Once you do this, you should be able to see a command box. It will flash only for a while and then the DNS cache would be cleared out.
- Click on the Start button. Type in ‘powershell’
- When you see Windows PowerShell, click on it
- Type in Clear-DnsClientCache and then Enter. Be advised that this one can apply to Windows XP, 2000, 2003, 2008, 7, 8, and 10.
This is the third way on how to clear DNS cache on Windows 10 without a sweat. The steps are:
- Choose Start and then type in ‘command’
- You will see Command Prompt. Right-click on it. But before you do it, make sure that you run as the administrator. Otherwise, you won’t be able to do so
- On the provided space, type ipconfig/flushdns and then press Enter
As you can see, there are several alternative options that you can try to solve cache issues. Now that you know how to clear DNS cache on Windows 10, you only need to pick one that is suitable for you.