How to find out, renew, change IP address in Windows 10

Your IP address which stands for Internet Protocol is the unique number of your internet connection linked to all your internet & networking activities. It is something a regular computer user would probably never really think about, but it is actually a very important technology which connects one machine to another via the Internet.

In this post we will learn about the simple steps to find out, reset, renew, configure and change the IP address in order to use a static IP, on your Windows 10 computer.

Find out IP address

IP address in Windows 10

You may want to know your computers IP number if you need to connect two or more devices to ‘talk’ to each other.

From the WinX Menu, open an elevated Command Prompt window, type the following and hit Enter:

ipconfig /all

IPConfig is a tool built into Windows, that displays all current TCP/IP network configuration values and refreshes Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol DHCP and Domain Name System DNS settings.

Renew IP address

To refresh or renew your IP address use the following commands:

ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew

Change IP address in Windows 10

If you want to set a static IP, you can change your IP address. To do so, open the Network and Sharing Center in the Control Panel, and click on the Connections link.

change ip address

A new window will open up showing the details about your internet connection. Click on the Properties tab.

Another window will open up showing the items used by your connection. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/ IP v4).

change ip address windows

The default settings of a PC is to obtain the IP address automatically, but you can change it if required.

Select Use the following IP address and fill the required details (8 & 9 in above image) and click on OK, and you are done.

Do not forget to check the box saying ‘Validate settings upon exit’. Your PC will automatically run network diagnostic and verify the connection.

If your computer is used on more than one network, enter the details like subnet mask, default gateway, preferred DNS server, alternate DNS server, etc.

Related reads:

  1. Reset TCP/IP using NetShell utility
  2. Reset Winsock in Windows
  3. Fix Network & Internet connection problems
  4. Change MAC address in Windows
  5. Fix Limited Network Connectivity message.

Remember to reboot your computer system after making the changes.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

13 Comments

  1. Larry Heartfelt

    “…and fill the required details (8 & 9 in above image) and click on OK, and you are done.”
    Moreover, how is one (a novice) suppose to know what the required details to be filled in are?

  2. Why would one want to change their IP address?

  3. Eadlin Dobbs

    I would also love to know.

  4. Red.Dots...

    dood you were so good but u fked up at the end man …

  5. Ciprian Birtea

    To make appear they are in another country.

  6. Kathryn

    When I get to the second step which is ipconfig/release I get a message

    “no operation can be performed on Ethernet while it has its media disconnected. No operation can be performed on the local area connection* 2 while it has its media disconnected. An error occurred while releasing interface wifi: the system cannot find the file specified”

    Please help me

  7. Objectionable

    to get unbanned from servers in attorney online

  8. It never work for me. Still not connected to the internet . This happened the moment I installed the windows 10 fall creators update

  9. kimberlygarbacz

    Yep, it didn’t change mine either.. ugh.

  10. Jon Mac

    When you get banned from commenting, by Breitbart, for no reason, other than politics.

  11. Hec

    If you leave it set by default, a dynamic IP address is assigned every time the computer reboots. If you have a device or service on your home network that regularly looks for your computer at IP address X for example, then after a reboot your computer is given a new address, IP address Y, the service or device will be looking at the old wrong address and lose connection. Assign a fixed IP address to your computer and your devices/services will stay connected.

  12. DavTer

    My notebook HP spectre for whatever reason keeps changing the IP. Many, many times I have re entered 192.168.2.1XX /255.255.255.0 GW 192.168.2.1 DNS xxx.xx.xxx.xx only for win 10 (now 1803) to drop of all or part of the addresses. I wouldn’t mind too much if the machine would stick with what works. But no such luck. Yes I have used the MS Reset a number of times, yes I have flushed the settings etc.
    Is this just one of the “features” of Win 10 ? I did restore to 1709, but then MS upgraded itself to 1803. And yes I have reformatted the Dr C partition, re installs etc. The later versions of XP ran much better than this modern compilation.

  13. Drew C Ryan (Drew's Corner)

    same

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