How to Change the IP Address of Your Computer?

March 28th, 2014 by Rossy Guide

What is IP Address?

The Internet Protocol (IP) is the method or protocol by which data is sent from one computer to another on the Internet. Each computer (known as a host) on the Internet has at least one IP address that uniquely identifies it from all other computers on the Internet. The format of an IP address is a 32-bit numeric address written as four numbers separated by periods. Each number can be zero to 255. For example, could be an IP address.


How to change it in Windows Vista?

1. Open the Start Menu, right-click on Network, and select Properties.
2. The Network and Sharing Center opens…click on Manage network connections.
3. Right-click on the network adapter you want to assign an IP address and click Properties.
4. Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) then click the Properties button.
5. Now change the IP, Subnet mask, Default Gateway, and DNS Server Addresses. When finished click OK.
6. Close the Local Area Connection Properties for the settings to go into effect.
7. Open the Command Prompt and do an ipconfig to verify the changes were successful.


How to change it in Windows 7 and 8?

To change the computer’s IP address in Windows 7 & 8,

1. Type network and sharing into the Search box in the Start Menu and select Network and Sharing Center when it comes up.
2. Then when the Network and Sharing Center opens, click on Change adapter settings. This will be the same on Windows 7 or 8.
3. Right-click on your local adapter and select Properties.
4. In the Local Area Connection Properties window highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) then click the Properties button.
5. Now select the radio button. Use the following IP address and enter in the correct IP, Subnet mask, and Default gateway that corresponds with your network setup. Then enter your Preferred and Alternate DNS server addresses.
6. Check Validate settings upon exit. Then click OK.
7. Now close the Local Area Connections Properties window.
8. Windows 7 will run network diagnostics and verify the connection is good.
9. Open the command prompt and do an ipconfig to the network adapter settings have been successfully changed.

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