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Do you want to know how to change IP address on your computer but don’t know how to do it? IP address means Internet Protocol address which has nothing to do with keyloggers for Windows. It is a number which is linked with a computer network. When your computer is connected to the internet, the IP address enables the computer systems to send and receive data. There are four kinds of IP addresses: Public, Private, Static, and Dynamic. Public and private IP addresses indicate the locations of the network. Private networks are inside networks. Public IP is outside networks. At the same time, a static and dynamic IP address indicates the permanency.

There are many reasons why a person needs to change the IP address of Windows. Whether it has something to do with the security of your device or the internet not working, you can always change IP on Windows. Before changing your IP, remember that your public IP will remain the same as provided by your IP and only the device IP will get changed. If you want to change the IP from which you are accessing the internet, then you might have to ask your internet service provider (ISP) to release and renew a new IP for your modem. Though the device IP can be changed anytime by anyone with just simple steps.

How To Change IP Address In Windows

Here in this post, we are going to tell you everything about how to change IP address in Windows 10, 8.1, and 7. It doesn’t matter if you are using Windows Server or other versions of Windows because the steps remain the same. There are many tools available out there like Fast IP Changer, Tuxler, Free IP Switcher, etc. that can help you in doing that but we will recommend you stay away from such tools and apps. The traditional way of changing the IP address in Windows is the best and safest way to do that. If you are not able to change the IP by following the traditional way we have mentioned on this page then we have also posted about how to change IP address using CMD too.

How To Change IP Address In Windows 10

  • First of all, click on the Start button.
  • Then click on the Settings option.
  • And then click on Network and Internet option.

Now do any one of the given :

Method #1. For a Wi-Fi network, click on the Wi-Fi option and then choose to Manage Known Networks. Now select the network of which you wish to change the settings and then click on Properties.

Manage Known Networks

Method #2. For an Ethernet network, click on Ethernet, and then click on the Ethernet Network to which you are connected.

  •   Below the IP assignment, click on Edit.
  •   Now, Under the Edit IP Setting, choose Automatic (DHCP) or Manual.
  • When you have opted for Automatic (DHCP), then the IP address settings and DNS Server address settings are automatically set by your router or any other access point.
  • When you go for Manual, you can set your IP address settings and DNS server address manually.

Windows 10 Edit IP4-IP6

How To Change IP Address Manually

  • Below the Edit IP Settings, click on Manual and then turn on IPv4/ IPv6.
  • For specifying the IP address, type the IP address settings in the IP address, Subnet prefix length, and Gateway boxes.

Manage Known Networks

  • For specifying a DNS server address, type the addresses of the primary and secondary DNS servers’ addresses in the Preferred DNS and Alternate DNS boxes.
  •   When you have done, do not forget to click on Save.

NOTE: For installing IPv4, you need to run Command Prompt as an administrator, and then type “netsh Interface ipv4 install” (without quotes) and then click on Enter. This is how to change IP address using the Command Prompt.

How To Change IP Address In Windows 8.1

  1.   Click on the Start button.
  2.   And then type View Network Connections, and then choose View network connections in the list.
  3.   Right-click on the connection which you wish to change and then click on Properties.
  4. If you are being prompted for an administrator password, then type the password.
  5.  Click on the Networking tab.
  6. Under this connection uses the following items, choose either Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/ IPv4) or Internet Protocol version 6 (TCP/ IPv6), and then click on Properties.
  7. For specifying  IPv4 IP address settings, do any  one of the following:
  • For getting IP settings automatically using DHCP, click on Obtain an IP address automatically, and then click on OK.
  • For specifying an IP address, click on Use the following IP address and type the IP address settings in the IP address, Subnet Mask, and Default gateway boxes.

Windows 8.1 IPv4

  1. For specifying IPv6 IP address settings, do any one of the following:
  • For getting IP settings automatically using DHCP, click on Obtain an IPv6 address automatically, and then click on OK.
  • For specifying an IP address, click on Use the following IPv6 address, and then type the IP address settings in the IPv6 address, Subnet prefix length, and Default gateway boxes,

Windows 8.1 IPv6

  1. To specify DNS server address settings, do one of the following:
  • For getting a DNS server address automatically using DHCP, click on Obtain DNS server address automatically, and then click on OK.
  • For specifying a DNS server address, click on the Use the following DNS server addresses, and then type the addresses of the primary and secondary DNS servers, in the Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server boxes.
  1. To change advanced DNS, WINS, and IP settings, select Advanced.

How To Change IP Address In Windows 7

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. And then open Network Connections, and then click on the Control Panel.  Now type adapter in the search box and then under Network and Sharing Center, click on View Network Connections.
  3. Right-click on the connection which you wish to change and then click on Properties.
  4. If you are being prompted for an administrator password, then type the password.
  5. Click on the Networking tab. Under ‘this connection uses the following items, choose either Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/ IPv4) or Internet Protocol version 6 (TCP/ IPv6), and then click on.
  6. For specifying  IPv4 IP address settings, do any  one of the following:
  • For getting IP settings automatically using DHCP, click on Obtain an IP address automatically, and then click on OK.

Windows 7 IPv4

  • For specifying an IP address, click on Use the following IP address, and then type the IP address settings, in the IP address, Subnet Mask, and Default gateway boxes.
  1. For specifying  IPv6 IP address settings, do any one of the following:
  • For getting IP settings automatically using DHCP, click on Obtain an IPv6 address automatically, and then click on OK.
  • For specifying an IP address, click on Use the following IPv6 address, and then type the IP address settings in the IPv6 address, Subnet prefix length, and Default gateway boxes,
  1. To specify DNS server address settings, do one of the following:
  • For getting a DNS server address automatically using DHCP, click on Obtain DNS server address automatically, and then click on OK.

Windows 7 IPv6

  • For specifying a DNS server address, click on the Use the following DNS server addresses, and then type the addresses of the primary and secondary DNS servers, in the Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server boxes.
  1. To change advanced DNS, WINS, and IP settings, select Advanced.

Final Words

We tried to summarize how to change IP address in the easiest manner we could. We hope this article will help you change the IP address in your system. There are many ways how to change IP address of your Windows 10/8.1/7 devices easily but the methods mentioned above work best among all.

We will keep this post updated with more methods on how to change IP address, so keep visiting Windows Billy to know about them. If you know about more methods about how to change IP address, if you are facing any issues in changing the Windows IP address or you have any questions related to it, then feel free to ask us about them via the comments below.