Specifying DNS addresses in Windows XP (SP 3)

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If you are having problems viewing web pages, it may be a DNS issue. The DNS (Domain Name System) allows the web addresses you enter into your browser to be resolved to pages on the public Internet. If the DNS server addresses being used are ineffective, web browsing is effectively disabled.

To specify DNS addresses in Windows XP:

  1. Click on the Windows Start button and select My Network Places.
  2. From the left hand menu select View network connections.
  3. Right-click on your broadband connection and select Properties from the pop-up menu.
  4. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) from  This connection uses the following items:
  5. Click on the Properties button.
  6. Select Use the following DNS server addresses: and enter the IP addresses of the Primary and Secondary DNS servers.
  7. Once you've entered the addresses, click the OK button to close the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box.
  8. Click the Ok button to close the Connection Properties dialog box.

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