How to Clear DNS Cache

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Clearing your DNS cache can improve website loading times and resolve issues that prevent access to specific websites. Cached DNS entries can be cleared using the Windows Command Prompt.

Step 1: Open Command Prompt as Administrator

Command Prompt must be run as administrator to successfully clear cache.
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Press Win-C to open the Charms Bar and type cmd into the Search bar. Right-click the Command Prompt icon and select Run as Administrator.


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Step 2: View Cached DNS Entries

Each menu item is a cached DNS entry
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Type ipconfig /displaydns in the Command Prompt window to view list of DNS entries stored in cache.


Step 3: Clear DNS Cache

Windows Command Prompt is a powerful troubleshooting tool.
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Type ipconfig /flushdns to clear cache. Wait for the message "Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache" to display. This can take several seconds, depending on the size of the cache.

Step 4: Confirm Cached DNS Entries Are Removed

Type ipconfig /displaydns once more to confirm that cached DNS entries are no longer listed.