Most PC users are looking for ways to enhance their computer privacy. Using dynamic IP addresses and private DNS servers are a great way to do that. But some PC users, for one reason or the other cannot change the Static IP address & DNS server on their Windows 10 device. In this post, we will outline a couple of ways that affected users can try to resolve this issue.
Cannot change Static IP address & DNS server
Many privacy-concerned users understand why it’s critical to change their IP address and DNS servers on Windows 10 and other operating systems. It’s problematic when that’s not possible.
If you’re faced with this issue, you can try any of the methods below to resolve the issue.
- Set static IP address using PowerShell
- Reset your IP address using CMD
- Change your DNS server using PowerShell
- Flush your DNS and Reset Winsock
- Set DHCP IP assignment
- Use a VPN service
Let’s take a look at the description of the step-by-step process in relation to each of the methods.
1] Set static IP address using PowerShell
You can set a static IP address on your Windows 10 device using PowerShell and other 3 methods.
2] Reset your IP address using CMD
You can find out, reset, renew, configure, and change the IP address in order to use a static IP on your Windows 10 computer.
3] Change your DNS server using PowerShell
Instead of opening the Network Connections window, you can go through this step-by-step guide and change your DNS server on your Windows 10 device using Command Prompt or PowerShell.
4] Flush your DNS and reset Winsock
5] Set DHCP IP assignment
To set DHCP IP assignment on your Windows 10 device, do the following:
- Press the Windows key + I to open Settings.
- Tap or click Network & Internet.
- If you’re using Wi-Fi, on the left pane, select Wi-Fi > Manage known networks. Then, pick your network and click the Properties button.
- For Ethernet, on the left pane, select Ethernet and then your network.
- Scroll down to IP settings, click Edit under IP assignment.
- Select Automatic (DHCP).
- Click Save.
If you use automatic DHCP settings, it will be easier to configure TCP/IP settings on your Windows 10 PC.
6] Use a VPN service
Last but not the least, if you wish to regularly change your IP address and protect your DNS queries, you can opt for a VPN service and easily configure a VPN connection on your Windows 10 device. Connecting to a VPN IP address will not only hide your true IP and location but also encrypt all data traffic to secure your network.
Hope you find this post helpful enough!