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Opting out of DNS Assistance by changing your DNS settings in Windows XP

There are two procedures that you must complete in order to opt out of DNS Assistance:

  1. Find and record your current DNS server settings
  2. Statically Assign your DNS Settings
Follow the detailed steps below to complete each procedure.

Note: Setting the DNS server settings to static will opt out all computers including those connected through a wireless connection.

Find and record your current DNS server settings
  1. Click the Start button on your Windows toolbar located at the bottom of your screen.
  2. Select Run.
  3. Type CMD in the Open: field, and then click Ok.
  4. Type IPCONFIG /ALL at the command prompt.
    Note: There is a space between IPCONFIG and /ALL. Figure depicting the command prompt
  5. Press the Enter key on your keyboard.
    A list of all network adapters that are installed on your computer displays on the screen.
  6. Locate the adapter that you want to change, and then record the numbers located in the DNS Servers field. These numbers represent your current DNS server settings. Figure depicting the DNS Servers field
  7. Close the window.


Statically Assign your DNS Settings (Windows Classic view)
  1. Click the Start button on your Windows toolbar located at the bottom of your screen.
  2. Select Settings, and then select Control Panel.
  3. If the Control Panel is set to Category View, select Classic View in the menu on the left.
  4. Click Network Connections.
    A list of network connections displays on the screen.
  5. Right click on the connection that you want to change, and then select Properties.
  6. In the Components checked are used by this connection: area, select Internet Protocol TCP/IP and then click the Properties button.
  7. Select Use the following DNS server addresses.
  8. Enter the DNS server addresses you previously recorded into the Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server fields. Figure depicting the DNS server fields
  9. Replace the last octet of your DNS server with .14 in the Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server fields.
    For example, if your existing DNS address is XXX.XXX.XXX.12, replace the .12 at the end of the address with .14. The new address for this example would be XXX.XXX.XXX.14.
  10. Click Ok to save your changes.


Statically Assign your DNS Settings (Windows Classic view)
  1. Click the Start button on your Windows toolbar located at the bottom of your screen.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. If the Control Panel is set to Category View, select Classic View in the menu on the left.
  4. Click Network Connections.
    A list of network connections displays on the screen.
  5. Right click on the connection that you want to change, and then select Properties.
  6. In the Components checked are used by this connection: area, select Internet Protocol TCP/IP and then click the Properties button.
  7. Select Use the following DNS server addresses.
  8. Enter the DNS server addresses you previously recorded into the Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server fields. Figure depicting the DNS server fields
  9. Replace the last octet of your DNS server with .14 in the Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server fields.
    For example, if your existing DNS address is XXX.XXX.XXX.12, replace the .12 at the end of the address with .14. The new address for this example would be XXX.XXX.XXX.14.
  10. Click Ok to save your changes.


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