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Changing DNS server settings in Windows 7

By Freeola Support on 14th July, 2016 | 0 Comment(s)

Welcome to the Freeola Support pages. This guide is designed to take you though the basic steps for changing your DNS server setting within Windows 7. For more internet help topics please visit our main Support Page.


  1. Firstly, press Start and select Control panel. This will take you to the Windows Control Panel where you are given access to many of configuration options within Windows 7.

    Win7 Start Menu

  2. From within the control panel select the Network and Internet Category.

    Win7 Control Panel

  3. Now select Network and Sharing Center from the options available.

    Win7 Network and Internet

  4. The Network and Sharing Center provides you with some information about your current connections. In order to access and change the settings for these connections you will now need to select Change Adapter Settings from the left hand menu.

    Win7 Network and Sharing Centre

  5. Within the Change Adapter Settings page you will need to Right Click on your Primary Connection and select Properties. This will be Local Area Connection if your computer connects to your router using a cable, alternatively if you connect using a wireless connection to your router, this will usually be listed as Wireless Connection along with the name of your wireless adapter.

    Win7 Change Adapter

  6. Within your connection properties, you should see a list entitled "This connection uses the following items". From this list you should double click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), you may need to scroll down in the list to access this.

    Win7 LAN Properties

  7. Towards the bottom half of the dialog that shows you should select "Use the following DNS server addresses" and Enter your DNS servers into the boxes provided. For OpenDNS these are and Alternatively if you are not using OpenDNS, Freeola's DNS servers are and

    Win7 TCPIP

  8. If you then press OK, these changes should take effect immediately, you should now close all open windows returning you to your desktop or web browser.

In order ensure your new DNS settings are working correctly, you should attempt to bring up a web page, for example


If you were following the OpenDNS Web Filtering Guide, click here to return.

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