How to Flush the DNS Cache in Windows Vista, 7 and 8

This very brief tutorial will show you how to flush your DNS cache on a Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC.

There are too many reasons to list as to why you might want to clear your DNS cache in Windows – here’s how to do it.

Windows 8

  1. Hold down the Windows Key on your keyboard and tap the X key. This will bring up a window with a number of options – select Command Prompt (Admin)
  2. Type ipconfig /flushdns and then hit Enter. The screen should display the message Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache. and return you to the command prompt.

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  4. That’s it – you’re done! You can close the Command Prompt window.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Click the Start button and select All Programs
  2. Select Accessories, right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator
  3. Type ipconfig /flushdns and then hit Enter. The screen should display the message Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache. and return you to the command prompt.

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  5. You’re done – you can now close the Command Prompt window.
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