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In Windows 8.x, 7, and Vista, how do I change the DNS and WINS server IP numbers?

Note: For help navigating, see Getting around in Windows.

  1. Log into Windows as an administrator, and navigate to the Network and Sharing center.

    Note: At Indiana University, the University Information Security Office (UISO) recommends that you normally refrain from running your Windows computer as an administrator. For more, see What is the principle of least privilege?

  2. In Windows 8.x and 7, click Change Adapter Settings, right-click Local Area Connection or the name of your wireless connection, and then choose the Properties tab.

    In Vista, on the taskbar, select Manage Network Connections, and under "LAN or High Speed Internet", right-click Local Area Connection and choose Properties.

  3. On the Networking tab, you should see a list below "The connection uses the following items:". Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties below.
  4. By default, Windows will be set to obtain the DNS server's address automatically. Change that to Use the following DNS server addresses and enter the DNS numbers for your Internet service provider (ISP).

    Note: You can enter the third IUB DNS number in the window that appears after you carry out step 7 below.

    At IUB, use the following numbers:

      129.79.1.1
      129.79.5.100
      129.79.8.50

    At IUPUI, use:

      134.68.1.9
      134.68.1.2
  5. Click Advanced..., and then click the DNS tab.
  6. Select Append these DNS suffixes (in order):, and click Add... to add appropriate entries.

    At IUB, this list should include:

      indiana.edu
      iu.edu
      ads.iu.edu

    At IUPUI, include:

      uits.iupui.edu
      iupui.edu
      indiana.edu
      iu.edu
      ads.iu.edu
  7. Select the WINS tab. Click Add and enter the appropriate WINS addresses:

    At IUB, the WINS servers are:

      129.79.1.200
      129.79.5.200
      134.68.220.14

    At IUPUI, the WINS servers are:

      134.68.220.14
      134.68.220.15
      129.79.1.200
  8. Click OK or Close in each open window to close it and save your changes.

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Last modified on 2014-06-02.

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