How to Change an IP Address in Windows XP and Windows 7?

An IP address or Internet Protocol address is a numerical label assigned to identify your computer on a network. Every computer whether it is in your home or office has its own unique number as it’s IP address that is dynamically generated. But you have the accessibility to change the number currently assigned to your machine. If you connect to the Internet with DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), you can change your IP address in few clicks.

Internet protocol Windows

Two versions of the Internet Protocol (IP) are in use that are IP Version 4 and IP Version 6. Each version defines an IP address differently. Follow the steps listed below, in order to change the IP address of your network.

For Windows XP

  •  Go to Start menu in the bottom left hand corner of screen. Click Run, enter CMD and then click OK. An MSDOS prompt screen opens, type ipconfig /release and click “Enter.” this will disconnect your Internet connection. To undo it, type ipconfig /renew then type exit and leave the prompt

IP configuration

  •  Right click on Network Places or My Network Places icon on your desktop. Then click on Properties, a screen titled Local Area Connection appears with all of your other networks (if you have a network hooked up)
  •  Right click on “Local Area Connection” and select Properties,  double-click on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) from the list under the General tab. Click on Use the following IP address under the General tab. Create an IP address. Press Tab and it should automatically generate and fill in the Subnet Mask section with default numbers (generally, then click the OK button and follow as directed, it will take you back to the “Local Area Connection” screen.

Internet protocol properties

  •  Right-click back on “Local Area Connection” and go to properties again. Go back to the TCP/IP settings. Select Obtain an IP address automatically and click the OK button. You now have a new IP address.


For Windows 7

  • Go to Start menu, then click Control Panel and open Network Connections. In the search box, type adapter, and then, under Network and Sharing Center, click View network connections.
  •  Right-click the connection that you want to change. Click Properties. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  •  Click the Networking tab, this connection uses the following items, click either Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6), and then click the Properties button

Local  Area Connection Properties

  • To specify your IP address for IPv4, click Use the following IP address, and then, in the IP address, Subnet mask, and Default gateway boxes, type the IP address settings. To specify an IP address for IPv6, click Use the following IPv6 address, and then, in the IPv6 address, Subnet prefix length and Default gateway boxes, type the IP address settings.

Internet prtotocol version 4

For example, a typical IP address will appear as:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix

IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :

Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :

Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

  • Upon completion, click OK.


Follow the above mentioned steps, to obtain new IP address.  IP addresses are generated automatically by the network.If on following the above procedures you are unable to change your IP address, then contact your service provider.




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