When you’re wondering what DNS cache is, then it’s nothing about a place where IP addresses of web servers are stored. These servers contain web pages which have been recently navigated by a web browser. In case the location changes before DNS cache gets updated, then you would be unable to access the site.

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If you see the ‘HTML 404 error codes’ quite often, then it’s time you should flush DNS cache. Once you’re done with the task, lookups would be subsequently performed depending on new settings associated with the DNS.

How to Clear DNS Cache on Windows 8?

It’s pretty simple to clear DNS cache if you are using Windows 8 all the time for your tasks. Follow the steps as mentioned below.

Step 1: Open the WinX Menu by pressing Win and X together.

Step 2: Right-click on the option ‘Command Prompt’ and choose ‘Run as Administrator’. This is the most important step because you have logged into a system as some other user.

Step 3: Execute the command as shown below

ipconfig /flushdns

Step 4: If you’re successful in clearing cache, then the system would revert with a message

Windows IP configuration successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.

How to Delete DNS Cache on Windows 7?

Here are the steps you should follow when you’re with a desktop running on Windows 7

Step 1: Click ‘Start’. This is nothing but a circular symbol present towards the bottom left hand side corner of the screen.

Step 2: Select ‘Command Prompt’ from the list of options. Alternatively, you can open the command prompt window by typing ‘cmd’ in the search box.

Step 3: Run the command as shown below.

ipconfig /flushdns

Step 4: If you’re successful with the task, then the system would show a message

Windows IP configuration successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.

How to Wipe off DNS Cache on Windows XP, 2000 / Vista?

Step 1:  Start an option or a button at the left hand side corner of the screen.

Step 2: Once you open the Start Menu, click Run.

NOTE: If you’re using Windows Vista, then you need to type ‘run’ in the search box.

Step 3: Once the command prompt window appears, copy paste the command : ipconfig /flushdns and hit enter.

Step 4: If you succeed with the task, then a message would be displayed.

Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.

Well, these are ways to flush DNS cache. You can easily perform the task on different web browsers as well. The procedure varies depending on the browser you use to surf the internet. Just as it’s with Windows, you can also flush cache on Mac OS X.