How to flush the DNS cache of the operating system?

In order to flush the DNS cache of your operating system, please select your operating system then follow the instructions:

Windows 10

Flushing the DNS cache on Windows 10 is easy. Due to system security permissions, you must ensure that you run the command prompt as an administrator user.

  1. Ensure that you're on the Windows 10 desktop.
  2. Right click on the start menu and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
  3. Type in the command ipconfig /flushdns

Windows 8 / Windows 8.1

Flushing the DNS cache on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is easy. Due to system security permissions, you must ensure that you run the command prompt as an administrator user.

  1. Ensure that you're on the Windows 8 Start Screen.
  2. Simply type cmd and the Windows search bar will appear on the right hand side with search results.
  3. Right click on Command Prompt and click Run as administrator
  4. Type in the command ipconfig /flushdns

Windows Vista / Windows 7

Flushing DNS on windows vista or windows 7 is easy. Make sure to run the command prompt with administrator privileges.

  1. Click the start button and navigate to the command prompt (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt)
  2. Make sure that you right click on the command prompt application and choose "Run as Administrator"
  3. Type in the command ipconfig /flushdns

Windows 98/NT/2000/XP

Flushing the DNS on Windows is an easy process, outlined below is the steps that should be run if you wish to clear your DNS cache.

  1. Open up a command prompt (Start > Run > cmd.exe > OK).
  2. Type in the command ipconfig /flushdns
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