What is DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG and How do I Fix it?

Camilla Mo, in Network issues Tags: chrome


If you are unable to connect to internet due to error code DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG which suggests a DNS related error, don’t worry. Follow instructions below then you can access the websites again.


When you meet this error, the first simple thing you can do is restart the router. No further steps required. This may work like a charm for you. 

If that does’t resolve the problem, try below methods.

Method 1: Release & Renew IP Address

Follow these steps:

1. Press Win+R (Windows logo key and R key) at the same time. A Run dialog box will open.

2. Type cmd in the run box and click OK button. This is to open Command Prompt.



3. Type ipconfig /release and press Enter.



4. Then type ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter.



5. Then type ipconfig /renew and press Enter.


Method 2: Change DNS Server Settings


Follow these steps:

1. Open Control Panel.

2. View by Small icons and click Network and Sharing Center.



3. In left pane, click Change adapter settings.



4. Right-click on the problem network and select Properties.



5. In Networking tab, high light item Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties button.



6. Under “Use the following DNS server addresses”, set Preferred DNS server as 8.8.8.8 and set Alternate DNS server as 8.8.4.4. Then click OK button. See below image:


After that, the error should fix. Now open your browser to check.

If you are still unable to access internet, try to use below DNS server addresses and see if it works.

Preferred DNS server: 205.67.222.222
Alternate DNS server: 205.67.220.220

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  • David Bautista

    You saved me! Thanks a lot

  • William Pyke

    DNS Change settings worked! Thanks so much!

  • wordsilk

    Thank you — change DNS settings worked!

    • Camilla Mo

      I am glad that it helps. 🙂

  • Farooque

    Thank you. It worked for me. The first step.