Windows DNS Change Steps

Steps to set up your computer’s DNS setting to DHCP.

Overview

All of GCI services, cable modem, dial-up, by default use DHCP not Static IPs.  Static IPs are available for purchase, but most customers do not need or require a Static IP. Steps for older operations systems are provided for your convenience, however, they are not supported by GCI.

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Vista / Windows 7 (Win7)

 1. Left mouse click on Start/Windows icon (picture) on your computer.

      Click Start

2. Left mouse click on the Control Panel.

      Click Control Panel

3. Left mouse click on the Network and Sharing Center icon.

      Click Network and Sharing Center icon

4. Across from the Connection, left mouse click on View Status.

      Click View Status

5. Left mouse click on the Properties button.

      Click Properties

6. Ensure there is a check mark next to Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), then click the Properties button.

      Click Properties

7. GCI recommends that you use DHCP, this will also work with a single Static IP. Your IP device will automatically receive the same IP, but if you wish to hard code the servers continue with the next steps.

  • To use DHCP, select Obtain an IP address automatically and select Obtain DNS Server automatically, then proceed to step 11.

        Select auto fields

8. Select Use the following DNS server.

9. Ensure the Preferred DNS server is set to 209.165.131.12

10. Ensure the Secondary DNS server is set to 209.165.131.13

    Server Settings

11. Click OK.

12. Click OK.

13. You may need to restart your computer. Your changes are in place and you should be able to connect to the Internet.

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Windows XP

1. Left mouse click on the Start button.

           

2. Left mouse click on the Control Panel link.

        

3.  Left mouse click on the Network and Internet Connections link.

       

4. Left mouse click on the Network Connections located at the bottom of the window.

      

5.  Right mouse click on the Local Area Connection icon (picture),

    

6. Left mouse click on the Properties from the drop-down box.

     

7. Highlight the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).

     

8. Click on the Properties button.

     

9. GCI recommends you use DHCP, this will also work with a single Static IP. Your IP device will automatically receive the same IP, but if you want to hard code, continue with the next steps.

  •     To use DHCP select Obtain an IP address automatically. If you select DHCP, you are finished and may proceed to step 12.

10. Ensure the Perferred DNS Server is set to: 209.165.131.12

     

11. nsure the Secondary DNS server is set to: 209.165.131.13

     

12. Left mouse click on the OK button.

     

13. Left mouse click on the OK button.

     

14. You may need to restart your computer. Your changes are in place and you should be able to connect to the Internet.

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Windows 2000

 1. Using the left mouse button, double click on the My Computer icon (picture).

     

2. Using the Left mouse button, double click on the Control Panel icon.

     

3. Using the Left mouse button, double click on the Network and Dial up Connections icon.

     

4. Right mouse click on the Local Area Connection icon.

     

5. Left mouse click on the word Properties from the drop-down box.

     

6. Highlight the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) with your Ethernet card.

     

7.  Left mouse click on the Properties button.

     

8. GCI recommends you use DHCP, this will work with a Static IP. Your device will automatically receive the same IP, but if you want to hard code continue with the next steps.

  • To use DHCP, select  Obtain an IP address automatically, and proceed to step 12 

        

9.  Click on Use the following DNS server address:

10. Ensure the Preferred DNS server is set to: 209.165.131.12

     

11. Ensure the Secondary DNS is set to: 209.165.131.13

     

12. Left mouse click on the OK button.

     

13. Left mouse click on the OK button.

     

14.  You may need to restart your computer. Your changes are in place and you should be connected to the Internet.

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Windows 98/SE

 1. Using the left mouse button, double click on the My Computer icon (picture).

     

2. Using the left mouse button, double click on the Control Panel icon.

     

3.  Using the left mouse, double click the Network icon.

     

4. Highlight the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) with your Ethernet Card.

     

5. Left mouse click on the Properties button.

     

6. Left mouse click on the DNS Configuration tab.

     

7. GCI recommends you use DHCP, this will work with a single Static IP. Your IP device will automatically receive the same IP. If you want to hard code the DNS servers please continue with the next steps.

  • To use DHCP, select Obtain an IP address automatically, and proceed to step 11.

8. Click the Specify an IP address.

9. Ensure the Preferred DNS server is set to 209.165.1131.12

     

10. Ensure the Secondary DNS server is set to 209.165.131.13

     

11. Left mouse click on the OK button.

     

12. Left mouse click on the OK button.

     

13. You may need to restart your computer. Your changes are in place and you should be connected to the Internet.

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Windows ME

 1. Right mouse click on the My Network Places icon (picture).

     

2. Left mouse click on the word Properties from the drop-down box.

     

3. Highlight the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) with your Ethernet Card.

     

4. Left mouse click on the Properties button.

     

5. Left mouse click on the DNS Address tab.

     

6. GCI recommends you use DHCP, this will work with a single Static IP. Your device will automatically receive the same IP. If you want to hard code the DNS continue with the next steps.

  • To use DHCP, select the Obtain an IP address automatically and proceed to step 10.

7. Select Enable DNS

8. Ensure the Preferred DNS Server is set to 209.165.131.12

       

9. Ensure the Secondary DNS Server is set to 209.165.131.13

     

10. Left mouse click on the OK button.

   

11. Left mouse click on the OK button.

     

12. You may need to restart your computer. Your changes are in place and you should be connected to the Internet.

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Windows 95

1. Using the left mouse button, double click on the My Computer icon (picture).

     

2. Using the left mouse button, double click on the Control Panel icon.

     

3. Using the left mouse button, double click on the Network icon.

     

4. Highlight the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) with your Ethernet Card.

     

5.  Left mouse click on the Properties button.

     

6. Left mouse click on the DNS Configuration tab.

     

7. GCI recommends you use DHCP, this will work for a single Static IP. Your IP device will automatically receive the same IP. If you want to hard code your DNS servers, please continue down the steps.

  • To use DHCP, select the Obtain an IP address automatically and proceed to step 11

8. Select Verify an IP address.

9. Ensure the Preferred DNS Server is set to 209.165.131.12.

     

10. Ensure the Secondary DNS Server is set to 209.165.131.13.

     

11. Left mouse click on the OK button.

     

12. Left mouse click on the OK button.

     

13. You may need to restart your computer. Your changes are in place and you should be able to connect to the Internet.

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Windows NT

1. Left mouse click on the Control Panel icon (picture).

2. Left mouse click on the Network icon.

     

3. Left mouse click on the Protocols tab.

     

4. Highlight the TCP/IP Protocol.

     

5. Left mouse click on the Properties button.

     

6. Left mouse click on the DNS tab.

     

7. GCI recommends you use DHCP, this will work for a single Static IP. Your IP device will automatically receive the same IP. If you want to hard code your DNS servers, please continue down the steps.

  • To use DHCP, select the Obtain an IP address automatically and proceed to step 11.

8. Select Verify an IP address.

9. Ensure the Preferred DNS Server is set to 209.165.131.12.

       

10. Ensure the Secondary DNS Server is set to 209.165.131.13

     

11. Left mouse click on the OK button.

12. Left mouse click on the OK button.

13. You may need to restart your computer. Your changes are in place and you should be able to connect to the Internet.

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