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Clear your DNS cache in Windows

If you are having trouble viewing a newly created website, or are seeing an old version of your website after updating your domains DNS, your windows machine may not be using the current DNS entries from your server. If this is the case, you can choose to wait it out - We normally advise an hour or two, however - it's simple to clear your DNS cache and pull the latest entries.

Please note that it's not 100% guaranteed you will pull the latest DNS, as this can depend on other external factors such as if your internet service provider has received the DNS changes. DNS propagation should take no longer than 24 - 48 Hrs at most. As mentioned we normally see DNS propagation within a couple of hours so it can be worth waiting then trying again if the previous DNS cache clear did not help.


How to clear your local DNS Cache on Windows XP / 7 / 8 / 10

Firstly, you will want to open a Command Prompt window. This can be done by following the steps below:

Click the Start button (or windows icon) in the bottom left of your desktop, then type: cmd

Right-click Command Prompt, then choose 'Run as Administrator'.


Another way is to hold the Windows key on your keyboard, then press 'R' to open a run box.  Then type: cmd

Then press enter or click on the OK button


In the command prompt window, enter the below code, then press enter:

ipconfig /flushdns

The command prompt will then show Windows IP Configuration Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.

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