Here we'll show you how to manually assign DNS (Domain Name Service) servers for your Internet connection using Windows 8.
Open the Control Panel. You can either:
- On the Start screen, type 'Control Panel' and click on the Control Panel link in the the search results
- In desktop mode, open the Charms menu, choose settings and then select Control Panel
If you need help with either of the above steps, please see our Windows 8 basics guide.
From the Control Panel, under Network and Internet, click View network status and tasks.
Click the link next to Connections on the right.
This screenshot shows a wireless connection to a Plusnet router so the link is Wifi (PlusnetWireless). If you're using a wired connection the link will be named differently.
On the connection status window, click Properties.
Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list, then click Properties.
Select Use the following DNS server addresses, and enter:
- Preferred DNS server: 126.96.36.199
- Alternate DNS server: 188.8.131.52
Finally click OK on this and the previous windows to save your changes.
This page was last updated 6th February 2013