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How to Clear your DNS Cache on Windows
How to Clear your DNS Cache on Windows
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Written by Scott
Updated over a week ago


Your DNS cache stores the locations (IP addresses) of web servers that contain web pages that you have recently viewed. Much like caching used in your browser or on your cell phone its done to increase the speed when you return to the same website. This becomes a problem when, after a migration, a DNS request will continue to point to your old server due to the local DNS cache on your computer rather than pointing to the new server here at BigScoots after updating the domain nameservers.


The solution? Clear your DNS cache! and here’s how!


Clearing your DNS Cache on Windows:

  1. Begin by opening up a command prompt. To do so, click Start and in the search field type ‘cmd.’ Note: In most cases in order to run this command it is necessary you are logged in as an Administrator. Please be sure to right click the Command Prompt and select “Run as Administrator.”

2. In the command prompt, execute the following command to clear your DNS cache:

ipconfig /flushdns

That’s it! Your DNS cache has been cleared. Your next step is to ping the IP address and make sure you’re seeing the new BigScoots IP address and not your old host. If you have any questions or we can help in anyway, be sure to let us know! 

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