Fix: Your Computer Appears to be Correctly Configured, but the Device or Resource (DNS server) is not Responding

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With increased digitization, most of your work relies on computing. However, you can only complete it efficiently with an unstable internet connection. If that’s what you are facing, and you run a network troubleshooter and later encounter a long message, you cannot fix it.

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It often states that your computer appears correctly configured, but the device or resource (DNS server) is not responding. But what is it? Do you have to upgrade your system or change the ISP provider?

Your Computer Appears to be Correctly Configured, but the Device or Resource (DNS server) is not Responding

Well, there’s nothing like that! It occurs for several reasons, mainly involving too much DNS cache, obsolete network drivers, or problems with the update or similar. Hence with our guide, you can troubleshoot it yourself. 

How to Fix Device or Resource (DNS Server) is Not Responding on Windows 11/10?

Depending upon the various reasons leading to the Error, the solutions differ. We have mentioned the comprehensive guide to resolve it but follow it in a logical sequence! 

1. Change Power Management Settings 

You may have tweaked the power management settings for savings. Besides, there is a slight chance that this feature was turned on by default. In either of the scenarios, to save power, your DNS server isn’t active or responds. Hence, you should change power management settings to resolve the issue! 

  1. Open Windows search and go to Device Manager.
  2. In it, double-click Network Adapters and right-click your network.
  3. Choose Properties from the drop-down menu.
  4. In it, expand the Power Management tab and uncheck the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power option.
Change Network Adapter Power Management Settings

Now, save the Settings, and your issue will be resolved. However, if it wasn’t enabled, then the below-mentioned methods can help. 


2. Forget Network and Reconnect on Windows 11/10

Sometimes the network is temporarily poor due to unknown reasons, and a simple reconnect helps. However, it’s more effective if you forget the network and re-establish its connection with your Windows PC. 


Forget the Network and Reconnect on Windows 11

  1. Right-click the network icon at the right side of the Taskbar. 
  2. Right-click the icon and choose Network and Internet Settings. 
  3. In the Network & Internet section of Settings, go to WiFi.
  4. Click Manage Known Networks and navigate to your WiFi connection; press the Forget button next to it.
Forget Wifi Network
  1. Head over to WiFi and again reconnect to the network.

Forget the Network and Reconnect on Windows 10

  1. Go to Settings > Network and Internet > WiFi > Manage Known Networks.
  2. In it, locate your WiFi network and press the Forget button next to it.
  3. Navigate to WiFi once more and Add Network.

Afterward, check if the issue is resolved or not. Besides, if you still suffer from an unstable network accompanied by the DNS server not responding error, the following method will help. 


3. Troubleshoot Network Connection

There is often an issue with your WiFi router/broadband or ethernet. In such cases, you should restart your network device to fix the problem. If that doesn’t help, contact your ISP provider for help or use an alternative network to access the internet.

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4. Reboot PC

Often the Computer Appears to be Correctly Configured, but the Device or server is not responding due to a temporary glitch. Hence, you should restart your PC as that clears the device cache.


5. Update Network Drivers

If you have not updated your network drivers for a long time, then that’s why you are facing the DNS server not responding error. Therefore, to resolve it, you must update your network driver before uninstalling it. 

  1. Press the Win+R keys to launch the Run dialog box. 
  2. Enter devmgmt.msc to open Device Manager. 
  3. In it, double-click Network Adapters, navigate to your Network driver, right-click, and choose Uninstall device from the context menu.
Uninstall Network Driver
  1. Click OK to confirm the action. 
  2. Now, visit your network driver’s manufacturing page and select the latest compatible version to proceed. 
  3. Download and then install it on your device. 
Download Wifi Driver

A simple reconnect works like that for the WiFi dongle in solution 2. 

Now, restart your device to check if it has resolved your issue. But if you recently updated your network driver and started facing the problem, the following method would help. 

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6. Rollback Network Drivers

When you recently updated the network driver and started facing your computer’s correctly configured error, the update is problematic. In such a case, you can restore them to the previous consistent state. 

  1. Right-click your Network Adapter and select Properties from the drop-down menu. 
  2. Expand the Driver tab and navigate to Roll Back Driver
Rollback Network Driver
  1. Click it, and you will be prompted to follow the on-screen instructions to proceed. 

Now that you have successfully restored the previous network driver version, reboot your device to reflect the changes. 

If you cannot click the Rollback option, you have not updated the network driver recently, which won’t help. 


7. Change DNS and IP Address

Often the DNS is incorrectly configured, which can be due to an incorrect DNS or IP address. Hence, to resolve the issue, you must tweak it. 

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  1. Press the Win key and open the Control Panel. 
  2. From the top, select View to Category and choose Network and Internet. 
  3. Open Network and Sharing Center. 
  4. Select Change adapter settings from the left pane. 
  5. In the Internet Connection Settings, double-click on the Network Adapter which you are using.
  6. Select Properties and complete the UAC prompt if it appears. 
  7. A list opens; click the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  8. Now, go to its Properties. 
  9. Expand the General tab and set both the radio buttons to Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically.
  10. If it was already set, then change the radio button  to Use the following DNS server addresses.
Custom DNS
  1. Next, input 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 in the Preferred and Alternate DNS Server. 
  2. Click the Validate settings upon exit checkbox to enable it and press OK to save changes.

Now, retry, and most often, it would fix the issue. 


8. Clear DNS Cache and Reset IP Settings 

Most of the time, connectivity issues occur to DNS Cache and IP Settings. Hence, you should clear DNS Cache and Reset IP Settings to troubleshoot it. Most of the time, it resolves the issue. 

  1. Open the Start Menu, search for Cmd, and select Run as Administrator from the right
  2. Execute the following commands one by one:
ipconfig/flushdns 
ipconfig/release 
ipconfig/release6 
ipconfig/renew

Now, wait until you see Operation completed successfully. The error would have been resolved.


9. Disable Proxy, VPN, and Antivirus

If none of the above methods help resolve the issue, it’s most probably if you use a proxy or VPN. Thus, disabling it would resolve the issue.

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You would be using proxy or VPNs to mask your web identity, which often leads to the DNS server not responding problems. Hence, turn it off to resolve the issue.

Besides, if you have enabled a manual proxy, you should toggle it off from Settings. 

Disable Proxy in Windows 11

  1. Go to Windows Settings and open Network & Internet
  2. Select Proxy and turn it off.

Disable Proxy in Windows 10

  1. Press the Win+I keys to open Settings and navigate to Network & Internet. 
  2. Select Proxy from the left pane and its setup, and toggle it off.

Afterward, restart your PC for the changes to reflect. 


Frequently Asked Questions

How to Fix DNS Server Not Responding?

When DNS Server doesn’t respond, use command line tools like Command Prompt or Terminal to flush DNS Cache. This resolves the issue.

What does it mean that your computer appears to be correctly configured but the device or resource is not responding?

It means that something is problematic with your DNS server, causing problems with the internet connectivity.

How do I reset my DNS server?

To reset the DNS server, you have to use Command Line tools. Go to Command Prompt and execute the ipconfig /flushdns commands until you see the successful prompt.


Wrapping It All 

The device or resource (DNS server) is not responding issue on Windows 11/10 is quite common. There are multiple reasons which account for it. These include enabling power saving mode, poor network connection due to router, temporary glitch, faulty network drivers, incorrect address, or too much DNS cache. 

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Thus their solutions vary accordingly. Besides, using a proxy and VPN are other lesser-known reasons behind the issue; disabling it would fix the error. We have tested all the methods on different devices reporting the error, which have worked effectively. Yet, clearing DNS Cache and resetting IP Settings have worked on most devices. 

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