How to Change IP Address in Windows Vista

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The term "IP Address" stands for Internet Protocol Address. It is your computer's identification and allows you to connect with and identify other computers with IP addresses over a network. But sometimes the IP address needs to be changed.

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Things you need

  • Internet connection with IP address
  • Windows Vista operating system

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Instructions

    Change your TCP and IP Settings on Windows Vista

  1. 1

    Go to the Control Panel from the Start menu.

  2. 2

    Click "Network and Internet" and then "Network and Sharing Center."

  3. 3

    Click "Manage network connections."

  4. 4

    Choose which Internet connection you would like to change if you have more than one. Right click on it and select "Properties."

  5. 5

    Click the "Networking" tab.

  6. 6

    Choose either Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6).

  7. 7

    Click "Obtain an IP Address Automatically" to reset your IP address automatically, then click OK.

  8. 8

    Click "Use the following IP Address" to enter your own IP settings.

  9. 9

    Enter your IP address into the boxes marked "IP Address," "Subnet Mask" (or "Subnet prefix length for IP/TCPv6) and "Default gateway."

    Change your DNS Server Settings

  1. 1

    Click "Obtain DNS Server Address Automatically" and then click "OK."

  2. 2

    Click "Use the following DNS Server addresses" to change your DNS Server settings manually.

  3. 3

    Type your primary DNS Server address into the box that says "Preferred DNS Server."

  4. 4

    Type your secondary DNS Server address into the box that says "Alternate DNS Server."

    Add a New Network Protocol

  1. 1

    Click "Properties" and then "Install" from "Manage network connections."

  2. 2

    Click "Client," "Service" or "Protocol," depending on which you wish to add. Then click "Add."

  3. 3

    Select the item you want to add from the dialogue box and click OK.

Tips and warnings

  • Internet Protocol Version 4 uses 32 bit IP addresses, allowing for a total of roughly 4 billion possible IP addresses available for use. As more and more IP addresses are used, however, they will eventually run out. Internet Protocol Version 6 uses a 128 bit IP address, which creates considerably more IP addresses.
  • TCP stands for Transmission Control Protocol. It is also used in identifying and communicating with different computers over a network.
  • DNS Server stands for "Domain Name System Server". It is another system of identification and communication. It takes domain names and translates them into IP Addresses to connect them to a network.

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