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  • The Windows Update servers are having hiccups

    Posted on January 31st, 2019 at 08:22 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Bogdan Popa at Softpedia has the skinny.

    It looks like many DNS servers are mis-routing Windows Update connections. At this point, it looks like the problem ISN’T with Microsoft.

    Bogdan’s solution is to use the Google DNS server. A bit of irony in that, but hey, if it works….

    Thanks to @b for pointing it out to me:

    I’ve been unable to connect to Windows Update for the last 12 hours via Comcast in US, but I can reach Windows Update after connecting via VPN.

    The method for changing DNS servers varies depending on which version of Windows you’re using, and whether you’re on a wired (Ehternet) or wireless (W-Fi) connection. For Win10 users, do this:

    Step 1. Click Start > Settings > Network & Internet >Ethernet > Change adapter settings. (If you’re connected via Wi-Fi, click Wi-Fi > Change adapter options.)

    Step2. Right-click on your adapter (if you have a Hyper-V virtual switch set up, that’s the one you want), choose Properties, then double-click Internet Protocol Version 4. You see a dialog box like this one:

    Step 3. Depending on which DNS server you trust, enter 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 to use Cloudflare’s DNS server. Or you can use 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 for Google’s, or 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 for OpenDNS’s.

    Step 4. Click OK and, for peace of mind, reboot. (It should work if you just restart your browser, but if you have many browsers open, hey, it won’t hurt.)

    UPDATE: Looks like the problem was solved overnight.