How to Turn on the DNS Client Service

By Tara Kimball

Microsoft Windows has a built in DNS Client service which aids in DNS resolution when you are browsing the internet. The DNS Client service links directly to the DNS servers for DNS resolution. The Client Service caches the results to provide quicker DNS resolution for repeatedly visited servers. You can manually start and stop the DNS Client Service through the Service Manager in Microsoft Windows. With a few clicks, you can control when your DNS Client Service runs.

Step 1

Click the “Start” button in your Windows task bar. Click “Control Panel.” If you do not see the “Control Panel” option, click “Settings” and then select “Control Panel.”

Step 2

Double-click the “Administrative Tools” icon. Locate and double-click the “Services” icon in the Administrative Tools window. This will launch the Services dialog box. It may take a minute to load depending on how many services you have running.

Step 3

Locate “DNS Client” in the Services list. Click “DNS Client” to highlight it. Locate “Start the Service” in the left side of the window, immediately below the Services header. Click the “Start the Service” link. If you do not see this link, right-click “DNS Client” and select “Start” in the management menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • Modifying the DNS Client Service will impact any other services that depend on it for proper operation. Manually stopping the service may cause other dependent services to stop functioning.