How to Change IP Settings in Windows® 7
Get to know more about ways to change IP settings in Windows 7
TCP/IP defines the language that your computer makes use of to communicate with other computers. Microsoft recommends using an automated Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) to automatically assign Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to the computers on your network, if your network supports it. You will not have to change your settings if you use DHCP. It does not require you to manually configure the settings of your computer such as Domain Name System (DNS) and Windows Internet Name Service (WINS).
Given below are points regarding the need to change the IP settings in Windows 7 and tips to do so:
- Reasons to change the IP settings
- Tips to change the IP address
- Steps to change the IP address
Reasons to change the IP settings
Users often want to change their IP address because of several reasons. One of the reasons is network conflict or other network related issues. Any network application requires specific IP address or IP range, so any hindrance in this will require the changing of IP address. When you need to protect your system from other users changing the IP address will help. It will also be required while trying to take in a vicious software program, user, or company.
Tips to change the IP address
You need to follow certain important steps in order to change or specify the IP address of your computer for your own. You must keep in mind that if you are connecting to the Internet with a broadband connection, adjusting your network settings may cause issues with your broadband connection. Also if your home network is setup through a network router, that router could be assigning your computer with dynamic IP addresses, and therefore specifying a static IP address may cause issues. If you are not sure about changing the IP address yourself then take technical support.
First of all get to the Microsoft Windows7 desktop on your computer. Then right-click on “My Network Places” or “Network Neighborhood” options and choose Properties. Then you have to right-click on Local Area Connection and click Properties. Next step is to click the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties. If this is not available, you will have to install this protocol. In the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties window, select "Use the following IP address". If not already selected, you must specify the new IP address you wish to use. While entering this data you also have to specify the subnet mask and default gateway.
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