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How to set up Smart DNS on Windows 7 and Windows Vista

This tutorial will show you how to set up Smart DNS on Windows 7 and Windows Vista using the SmartyDNS services. If you don’t have a SmartyDNS account, you can try our services for free for 3 days.

To set up VPN easily we recommend to use the SmartyDNS app.

Here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Part I. Validate your IP Address.

    If you have validated your IP address, skip this step and go to Part II of this tutorial.

    1. Sign in to your Client Area.
    2. Go to “Packages”.
    3. Choose your package.
    4. Click the “Validate IP” button (1).

      Your IP address have to be validated every time it changes. If Smart DNS is not functioning, make sure your IP is validated by following steps 1-4.

      If you see the “Your IP address has been validated!” message, you can go to Part II from this tutorial.

      Windows 7 and Vista Smart DNS Setup: Step 1

      You can validate a specific IP address (2). Use it to validate an IP address different to your current IP address. For example, enter your real IP when you are accessing this page while being connected to VPN or enter your home IP while you are at work.

      Another option to validate your IP address is to validate it using a web address (3). By choosing this option you don’t have to sign in to your Client Area each time you want to validate the IP address. By adding this link to your browser favorites / bookmarks your IP address will be validated each time you load this URL into your browser.

      It is important to not share the Validate IP Link with anyone! It is particular and unique for every single client. If you give or share it with other people, your Smart DNS service won’t be working.

  2. Part II. Change your PC DNS server address

    This has to be done only once.

    Before you switch to our DNS addresses, make sure you write down your current DNS addresses, so you can keep these numbers in case you need to get back to your original settings. If your original configuration were set to “Automatic”, just change your DNS settings back to “Automatic” in order to get back to your original settings.
    1. Click Start (3) and go to “Control Panel” (4).

      Windows 7 and Vista Smart DNS Setup: Step 2

    2. Go to “View network status and tasks” (5).

      Windows 7 and Vista Smart DNS Setup: Step 3

    3. Click on “Change adapter settings” (6) on the left.

      Windows 7 and Vista Smart DNS Setup: Step 4

    4. If you are connected to the wireless internet, right click on “Wireless Network Connection” (7) then go to “Properties” (8). When using Ethernet/cable connection – right click on “Local Area Connection” (9) then go to “Properties” (8).

      Windows 7 and Vista Smart DNS Setup: Step 5

    5. Select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” (10) then click “Properties” (11).

      Windows 7 and Vista Smart DNS Setup: Step 6

    6. Select the “Use the following DNS server addresses” option (12), enter SmartyDNS DNS addresses (13).

      You can find the entire list of all available DNS addresses in the Client area, by going to your package from “Packages”. If you don’t have a SmartyDNS account, you can try our services for free for 3 days.

      Windows 7 and Vista Smart DNS Setup: Step 7

    7. Click “OK” (14).

    8. Restart your computer and you are done.

    9. Test if the Smart DNS service is configured correctly.
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