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ChrisPC DNS Switch 4.10

Quickly switch to one of 30+ DNS servers

by Mike Williams

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License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 14 August 2019
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Downloads To Date: 4543
Developer: Chris PC
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ChrisPC DNS Switch
Quickly switch to one of 30+ DNS servers

ChrisPC DNS Switch is an easy-to-use tool for changing your PC DNS server, perhaps improving your security, privacy, and internet performance.

Launch the program and it displays your current DNS settings. If you know which alternative server you want to use - Comodo SecureDNS, say - then all you have to do is select it from the "DNS Preset" list, click Change DNS > Yes. Your settings will be updated, and you should be able to use them immediately (although it might be necessary to restart your browser).

The "DNS Preset" list includes 30+ servers - OpenDNS, Google, Norton, Yandex, DynDNS and more - so the chances are you won't be familiar with at least some. Choose a filter like "Secure", "Family Safe" or "Anonymous", though, and ChrisPC DNS Switch will display only servers of that type, a useful time saver.

You're not restricted to the built-in DNS servers, fortunately. Click "DNS Database" and you're able to add or edit custom servers of your own, as well as deleting any of the standard presets which you're sure you'll never use.

If you choose a server and it doesn't work as you expected, then a comprehensive "Restore" option is on hand. This can restore the previous DNS server, or the initial one (the settings as they were at installation) for both the current, or all network adapters, in a couple of clicks.

A $14.99 Pro edition. This gives much more flexibility, as you can freely edit the DNS list, or add as many other servers as you need (including importing them from a text file). The Pro version also comes with free technical support and allows commercial use.

Unfortunately, the Pro edition also brings a nag screen to the Free build. If you close the program window - or just leave it open for a while - a pop-up window appears, prompting you to upgrade. That seems a little aggressive to us, and we suspect it's more likely to drive users away than prompt them to spend their cash.

Version 4.10 changes (changelog):

- Improved support for Windows 10.
- Improved DNS benchmark speed detection.
- Other fixes and improvements.

Verdict:

A full-featured and easy-to-use DNS changer, with an extensive list of public DNS servers.

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

November 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1090 which is the November 2019 Update.

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