How to remove an IP address conflict

Written by edmund lukavics
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An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a unique set of four numbers, each ranging between 0 and 255, that help network devices and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) route information to the correct computers. They also act as a method of identifying computers used in specific activities taking place over a network. If multiple computers end up with the same IP address, this will cause a conflict that must be removed. This is done by "flushing" the IP from the system, which causes the system to generate a new, unique IP address.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button in Microsoft Windows.

  2. 2

    Click on "Run" and enter "cmd" into the pop-up box.

  3. 3

    Type "ipconfig /release" into the command box. This will cause the system to "flush" your old IP address.

  4. 4

    Type "ipconfig /renew" into the command box. This will cause your system to assign a new IP address to itself and will resolve the IP address conflict.

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