DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG: How to Fix it in Windows 10?

DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG

If you’re unable to connect to the internet error DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG, which suggests a DNS-related error then don’t worry. You can tell this is a DNS related error from the error message.

When you get this error, the first simple thing you can do is restart the router. No further steps are required. Restart your router and check to see if the problem is resolved. Also If the internet connection is not working properly, or if the DNS server is not responding then this error would occur. 

You can also check out other similar errors if you are facing in Windows 10

How to Fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG Error?

DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG

To fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG follow the troubleshooting methods given below:

Method 1: Renew the IP Address

Windows and other operating systems store DNS data in the cache to access the website faster . But if IP address of the website is changed, you cannot access the website and will get DNS related errors like DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG. To fix this error, you can try to flush the DNS cache and renew IP address. 

  • Press Windows +R hotkey and open the run box.
  • Type cmd and click the OK button.
  • Type ipconfig /release and press the Enter 
type ipconfig release
  • Then type ipconfig /flushdns and press the Enter key
type ipconfig flushdns
  • Then type ipconfig /renew and press the Enter key on your keyboard again.
type ipconfig renew
  • Check to see the error is solved or not

Method 2 : Flush DNS Cache

If there’s a recent change made to your DNS accidentally, your system could be trying to use the local cache to connect to the network. So Flushing your DNS Cache will help you fix the error. So follow the steps given below

Flushing DNS Cache
  • Go the search bar and type “cmd” to open Command Prompt
  • Right click on the icon and select “Run as administrator”
  • Now type the following commands separately in the command prompt and press Enter after each line
    • ipconfig /flushdns
    • ipconfig /renew
    • ipconfig /release
    • ipconfig /all
  • Now restart your computer and try to visit some websites again. 

Method 3: Clear Browsing Cache and Data

Sometimes, it’s a corrupt cache that’s causing the DNS error. In such situations, the best solution is to clear cookies and browser cache. So follow the steps to clear it

Clear Browsing Data
  • Open your Google Chrome Browser
  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Delete
  • Set the time range to All time
  • Now select the cookies and other sites data and cached and image files options
  • Click on the Clear Data button to clear your browsers cookies and cache
  • Lastly, try access to check if the issue is solved or not

Method 4: Reset Google Chrome to Factory Settings

This step is for Google Chrome users only. If you are using any other browser such as Firefox or Opera, you may want to contact support forums to see how to reset your browser.

Resetting your browser resets many different settings and it may solve your problem magically. Here are the steps to reset your Chrome browser.

reset factory settings
  • Open your Google Chrome Browser
  • Click on 3 vertical dots in the upper right corner of the screen and click on Settings
  • Scroll Down and click on Advanced
  • Now click on Reset settings to their original defaults
  • After clicking a pop-up screen will open, click on the Reset button

Conclusion

I hope these above given solutions will help you t fix your DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG error in Windows 10 and if the problem still persists then contact Microsoft Support to resolve your error.