How to Change IP address in Windows 7 or Vista

The world is now rapidly switching to Windows Vista and 7, 7 in particular from XP. To be honest, changing your IP isn’t much different in 7 and Vista than XP. However there are a few steps that can confuse you are working in Vista and 7 and were formerly XP user.

Here is step by step information on how to change your network IP address in Windows 7 and XP:

  1. Click on the widows icon on the bottom left of your screen.
  2. Simply type command and press Enter key to load MS DOS prompt.
  3. In the DOS prompt, type ipconfig /release and hit Enter to disable your internet connection.
  4. Next, click on Network and Sharing Center, you can open it through the Windows icon, the same way you opened MS Dos prompt in step 2.
  5. Here you’ll see a view your active connections, under that you will find a Local Area Network Tab.
  6. Click on the tab and then click on the properties you’ll find at bottom left.
  7. Click on the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) tab you’ll find under General tab.
  8. A new window will open; check the box which says Use the following IP address.
  9. Type in until the box is filled.
  10. Then press Tab and you’ll see the subnet mask section will be assigned numbers automatically.
  11. Click on OK next
  12. Pressing OK again will bring you to the Local Area Connection window again.
  13. Right click Local Area Network again and open its properties again.
  14. Once again open the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
  15. Select the option of Obtain an IP address automatically
  16. Click OK and OK

After everything is closed, go back to the DOS prompt and enter the command of ipconfig /renew and press Enter. This would re-establish your internet connection again.

Originally posted 2011-04-02 13:47:49.

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Hello, thank you for the helpful article. I am trying the every steps you said on my vista, but after I type in the subnet mask section would not assigned numbers automatically, only with one 255, and the default gateway is blank. Would you please help to see what’s the next step should I do? Thanks


i go through all the steps but my ip does not change. what am i doing wrong?


I have a sky router do you know how i can chage my ip on sky i did these steps but they did not work??

I have had very good luck with Belkin routers, but otrehs on here will tell you they are junk. Just get a good name brand router.You will likely want to get a wireless router that is at least an 802.11G, and an 802.11N is even better, but you will pay for the higher speed of the N router. Make sure the cards or adapters you buy are the same brand as the router if possible. You can buy the same adapter for all three computers, just check that it has Vista as well as Xp drivers. You would need to… Read more »

I only did the release and renew and checked back with and my ip was changed. How is this possible if everyone says you need to do all those other steps?

Also when I go to the IPV 4 properties all the info is blank. What does that mean. Everywhere tutorial I see has thiers filled in with their ip address.