6+ ways of solving “Your computer appears to be correctly configured” issue

Updated: May 18, 2023
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6+ ways of solving “Your computer appears to be correctly configured” issue
by Oleksandr Kamennyi
Tech Expert & Writer
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Network errors always occur at the worst possible time. It is relevant to the “Appears to be correctly configured” error in your computer too. This error can be easily fixed in less than 15 minutes! Today, Howly experts will show you what to do in situations like this.

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Main causes

Don’t worry, this situation has happened to almost any PC owner in the world. It is one of the most popular connectivity issues. When you see “your computer appears to be correctly configured but the device or resource (DNS server)” on Windows 7, 10, or another system, it shows that there is something wrong with DNS, PC, or browser settings. These are easily fixable issues.

If you have found out that the device or resource DNS server is not responding, start by checking out the DNS and settings. The DNS takes hostnames and turns them into 8-digits numbers. In short, DNS works as a translator from human words to machinery binary language and vice versa.

But if something goes wrong and DNS for some reason can’t precisely translate data for the device, you may start to see “your computer appears to be correctly configured but the device or resource ( UNKNOWN TAG — ins)” or a similar message.

How to fix this problem

This error message means that there is something wrong with the PC, network adapter, or router. We have 6+ solutions to fix your computer from the annoying detected or resource (DNS server) not responding. We’ve sorted them from the easiest one to the advanced option. Try them one by one to troubleshoot your PC at home.

1. Flush the DNS cache

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Before you start solving the “Computer appears configured, but the resource (DNS server) is..” Windows 10 trouble, backup the router and look at the DNS server. In case something proceeds wrong, you’ll have a backup that you can restore:

  1. Go to the search bar near the Windows icon and type Backup.
  2. Pick Backup Settings.
  3. Turn on the Automatically backup.. More → Right now.

Once you do it, your PC will start saving crucial information. After backup, update the firmware of your router. Sometimes, this message is just a bug caused by an old version of the software. If this didn’t help, reset DNS. Do next to fix your computer:

  • Open Command Prompt as admin. If you try to do this as an ordinary user, the system won’t let you in. Type Command in the search bar near Windows. Right-click on it and pick Run as admin.
  • Spell these commands one by one, and press Enter after each:
    • ipconfig /flushdns
    • ipconfig /registerdns
    • netsh winsock reset
    • netsh int ip reset
    • ipconfig /renew.
  • Turn off and restart your PC. The system will boot with the new settings.

You could try to change DNS by yourself. It may help when your computer appears to be correctly configured ethernet, but you still face connectivity problems. Follow the next steps:

  1. Visit the Control Panel.
  2. Click the Network Network … Center.
  3. Find Change Adapter Settings.
  4. Look at the network that you are using now. Check its properties.
  5. Look at the “(TCP/IPv4)”. Put the next on Use the … DNS:
  • Preferred:
  • Alternative:

2. Deactivate antivirus and firewall

Another reason for this annoying network problem is your antivirus and firewall. They were created to protect your device from unauthorized access. But sometimes they can be overly protective, causing software glitches. And one of them is the situation when you can’t use the internet because your computer seems to be correctly configured but the device or resource is not responding.

Open your antivirus and turn to disable it for the next hour or two to test if that is the case. If you are using a basic Windows Defender, stick to this instruction:

  1. Click on Windows and look for Windows Security in this menu.
  2. Choose Virus .. protectionSettings.
  3. Pick Manage settings to open the menu.
  4. Switch off the toggle Real-time protection.

Firewall glitches also may be a reason why your computer appears to be correctly configured but the device or resource (DNS server) is in Windows 10. Here is your instruction on how to turn off Firewall on your computer:

  1. Write Control in the search bar near the Windows button. Open Control Panel.
  2. Locate the System and Security block.
  3. Pick Windows Firewall.
  4. Look at the left panel to find Turn Firewall on/off. Click on it.
  5. Turn off the firewall both for private and public networks. Check if it helps.

If this decision has helped you, we recommend modifying firewall settings and turning it on again. It’s risky to browse the internet without firewall protection. But at the same time, it shouldn’t become overly protective.

Note that you can’t change firewall settings if you are using external antivirus. Turn it off to have the ability to modify settings.

3. Look at the DNS settings of your computer

If the previous didn’t help you fix the “Your computer appears to be configured, but the device is not responding” issue, modify DNS. After this, your PC will connect to a new server. Follow this guide:

  1. Click on Windows and find gear on the left side of the display. That way you open Settings.
  2. Check Network & Internet
  3. Pick Change adapter.
  4. Right-click on the present connection and check Properties.
  5. Open the Networking tab.
  6. Go to the “(TCP/IPv4)“ bar.
  7. Select “Preferred DNS” and type there Your “Alternate… ” will be
How to change DNS

It is not a significant change, but in most cases, it solves the problem. It works both with macOS devices. Click on Windows and find gear on the left side of the display. That way you open Settings.

4. Change IPv4

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Also, you may try to change the Protocol. Speaking technically, the PC will surf through the web a bit differently. But you, as the user, won't feel any inconvenience. These instructions to troubleshoot the “your computer appears to be correctly configured to ethernet” network alert are slightly different:

  1. Follow this path: Windows → Settings → Network → Change adapter → Properties → TCP/IPv4.
  2. Tap on the Obtain an IP … automatically.
  3. Check the Obtain DNS … automatically option.
  4. Click twice on the IPv6 settings and check it too.
  5. Check the box at the Validate upon exit.
  6. Reboot your PC to verify those changes.
Reset IPv4 settings

These actions may help you change a “vise versa translator” inside the PC. It will give proper results, and you could surf online. Here is another instruction on how to change DNS:

  1. Follow this path: Windows → Settings → Network → Change adapter → Properties.
  2. Go to the Network.
  3. Put in any DNS. It may be any number. You won’t need them in the future.
  4. Look at the Use Following DNS.
  5. Replace them:
    1. For IPv4: and
    2. For IPv6: 2606:4700:4700::1001 and 2606:4700:4700::1111
  6. Confirm and restart.

In most cases, this device or DNS server instructions will help remove the memo “You appear to be correctly configured…” on Windows 7, 8, and 10 computers. And you won’t see this message anymore. 4. Change Your Proxy

A proxy is a server that isolates users from the site. So, when you try to browse the web, your traffic looks like this:

Your PC → Proxy Server → World Wide Web.

Then a request from the site will flow to the same proxy. Sites just see the proxy’s IP, but not your real one. Sometimes proxy breaks, so you should try to disable its settings. Users on Reddit say that web proxy configuration issues are the main reason why they experience the “Your PC appears to be correctly configured…” issue.

How to change proxy settings

Here are instructions for you:

  1. Click on Windows and pick the gear icon to launch Settings.
  2. Check Network & Internet.
  3. Take a close look at the Proxy.
  4. Shut down the Automatic proxy and Manual options.
  5. Restart the system.

And that’s another way to change the proxy app:

  1. Open the Run application.
  2. Type inetcpl.cpl.
  3. You’ll see an Internet Options window. Look at the Connections.
  4. Go to the LAN Settings.
  5. Find a box near Automatically Detect Settings and check it too.

5. Change the power settings of the network adapter

Please note that after you change the Power Setting, your PC won't be able to disable the network driver when it enters sleep mode automatically. You will have to do it manually. But it should help you to get rid of the “Your computer appears to be correctly configured but the device or resource” error note.

Follow these instructions to change Power Settings:

  1. Right-click on the Windows icon and choose Device Management.
  2. Find the Network adapters and search for the current one. Usually, it’s Qualcomm, Intel, or something similar with a long name.
  3. Right-click on it and choose the Properties tab.
  4. Take a look at Power Management.
  5. Clear the checkbox telling to permit the computer to turn off

6. Change adapter drivers: get an update or roll them back

You need to choose between these actions. It may help you solve the “Appears to be correctly configured…” issue on Microsoft computers. If you work with a system that hasn’t had hardware or software upgrades for a long time, update your PC. If you update its software less than a week ago, roll drivers back.

To remove drivers, right-click on the Windows logo, and choose Device ManagerNetwork Adapters. Right-click on it and pick the Uninstall option.

How to update a network driver

If you want to fix the “PC appears to be correctly configured” problem, do the following with your computer:

  1. Go to the manufacturer of the network and download the last version of the adapter.
  2. Check the “Networks” and get rid of the current one. Don’t be scared — you will return it in a few minutes.
  3. Come back to the fresh driver. Install it now.

Updating the configuration can solve this issue. But if you want to back up a driver on your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Find a driver you want to delete.
  2. Tap on his “Properties” and “Drivers”.
  3. Look at the Roll Back Driver button. If it doesn't have a color — there are no backup files.
  4. If the backup option is available, click on it and follow what the app will tell you.
  5. Restart the device.

Now the “Seems to be correctly configured” problem is gone from your computer. So you can surf any site that you need. Everything will work fine and smoothly.

Other tricks

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One of the easiest ways to get rid of the “Your computer appears to be correctly configured but the DNS server is not responding” message on your computer is by switching to any browser (resource, which gives data to the device).

To do it, boot in the Safe Mode (further, SM). It will limit the resources of the OS to the most basic options. So, it may be a correct way to troubleshoot the “Your computer appears to be correctly configured but the DNS server is not responding” issue. Follow the next steps:

  1. Open the bottom Windows menu.
  2. Jump to the Power.
  3. Hold the Shift button and restart the system.
  4. Find Troubleshoot → Advanced →Start-Up Settings.
  5. Press 4 to enable ordinary SM (works with the Internet) or press 5 to turn on SM with Networking (works with the Internet and internal PC network as well).

This works the same with macOS. For those who have a Win7, this will be even easier. Restart your PC and hold the F8 key.


What does "Your computer appears to be correctly configured" mean?

It means that your computer has network settings issues. It could be problems with DNS, proxy, firewall, or overall network settings.

What should I do if I continue to experience configuration issues after troubleshooting?

If you have tried all software measures to fix your network adapters, you face severe hardware problems. Contact the manufacturer, if your PC is still under the warranty. In other cases consider changing your network adapter to a new one.

How do I find my DNS server?

Type CMD in the search bar near Windows. Open the Command Panel app and paste ipconfig/all commands. Scroll until you find DNS servers.

Final Thoughts

As you see, you don’t have to go to a repair center to get rid of this problem. All you need is to turn off or set up some parts of the automatic network services. First of all, restart the cache and disable the antivirus and firewall. Those are the two most common sources of this issue.

Check DNS settings, and change IPv4 properties, power, and adapter settings. These easy actions will help you to solve this issue. If this doesn’t help you, you may have a hardware issue. Contact Howly experts, so we help you to set up your PC accurately at home.

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