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Published on 04.10.08 by Brent Trahan

Change My IP Address in Windows Vista

Learn how to change the IP Address of your Windows Vista computer.

  1. Click the Start orb, and then select Control Panel.
  2. Make sure you’re in Classic View by clicking Classic View on the left of the Control Panel.
  3. Open Network and Sharing Center.
  4. Click Manage Network Connections on the left side of Network and Sharing Center.
  5. Double-click the network connection you want to change the IP address of.

  6. Click Properties.

  7. Double-click Internet Protocol Version 4.

  8. By default a network connection is set to automatically obtain an IP address from another computer.

    Select Use the following IP address and then enter the IP address, subnet mask, default gateway, and the preferred and alternate DNS IP addresses.

  9. Click OK in the Internet Protocol 4 window.
  10. Click OK in the Network Connection Properties window.
  11. Click Close in the Network Connection Status window.

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  1. Stefan says:

    woohoohoo yeah!!! it worked.. ur the man :D _O_

  2. sandy says:

    How to find the IP address of the sender in Windows Live Hotmail

  3. mr_lash says:

    hey i cant read the …Select Use the following IP address and then enter the IP address, subnet mask, default gateway, and the preferred and alternate DNS IP addresses. too small,,,,can you email me the numbers please?

  4. Brent Trahan says:

    You have to give it an ip address, subnet mask, so on…

  5. mr_lash says:

    ok i got ne numbers by zoomin on the page,,,,changed them,,,,followed all the steps……..and it didnt work!!! how come i cant access the internet? i had to put auto ip nd dns server as it was

  6. mr_lash says:

    i accidently ip banned my self in my chat site lol so i need a new ip to get in

  7. Brent Trahan says:

    You probably banned your public ip (ip of your modem or router), not your private ip (the ip of your computer). I can’t help you change your public ip. That’s up to your internet provider.

  8. mr_lash says:

    ok thx man,,,,,,wot i was tryin to do all this time,,,,,,thanks tho

  9. IPWTF says:

    Where do I find my preferred and alternate dns server ips?

  10. Brent Trahan says:

    Before you change your IP address, open the command prompt and type ipconfig /all. The DNS IPs will be listed there.

  11. Shauns says:

    If I’m wanting to change the IP address of my computer, is there a specific “new” IP that I have to enter when doing this? This process doesn’t want to work for me.

  12. Brent Trahan says:

    @Shauns: Open the command prompt and type ipconfig /all and tell me what is your current IP address, subnet mask, and DNS IPs.

  13. alex says:

    i tried this and it didnt work… what should i do.?.?.?…???>??

  14. nel says:

    it doesnt work when i try to change it, it says the subnet mask needs to be contiguous. what do i do?!?

  15. Mike says:

    “By Shauns on January 5th, 2009 at 5:05 pm
    If I’m wanting to change the IP address of my computer, is there a specific “new” IP that I have to enter when doing this? This process doesn’t want to work for me.”

    Hey I had the exact same question, because I tried just putting in a random ip address but it didn’t want to connect to the internet. Someone email me if you can thanks!

  16. winnie says:

    ya i got banned from this game and doing what you showed me still didnt let me get on
    how am i suppose to change the ip so i can sign on :O

  17. Brent Trahan says:

    You need to change your public IP address. That’s something you don’t have control of unless you pay for a static IP.

  18. James says:

    I got IP banned from a game server. Is there anyway to get around this?

  19. Brent Trahan says:

    If you’re on a residential Internet connection, you’ll have to wait until your public IP address changes. This could take hours, days, or even a month.

    If you have a business Internet connection with a static IP address, you’ll have to get with your ISP to change it.

  20. chris says:

    hey when i type ipconfig all it wont show me the dns ip =[

  21. jracosta says:

    Man this used to be so easy to easy on Windows XP I’m thinking about going back to XP because Vista is a lot of problems too many problems

  22. asd says:

    hey thx for help but when i change ip it just dont works after :S i got a modem .

  23. dslkfj says:

    so where do i get an alternate ip as well as all those other addresses if i cant just make them up?

  24. Jen says:

    Thank you so much, I switched my IP to dynamic the other day because we had internet problems and that seemed to fix it, but it ended up screwing up our network and I couldn’t figure out how I changed it in the first place (I am no computer whiz obviously!) I did so many searches and came up with all the wrong tutorials, or ones that only applied to XP or older versions of Windows, or forums where someone asks “how do I do this?” and rather than give a simple explanation as you’ve done here, they ask “why do you want to do that, what kind of connection do you have blah blah blah” who cares, just tell me how to do what I’m asking!! Phew, you just saved me after about an hour of fruitless searching, thank you thank you thank you!!!

  25. ehsan says:

    thank’s. it was great! i printed this page for a friend and she resolved her problem in a second!

  26. chris says:

    I am not sure about this, but I think since I routed my DNS through OpenDNS they change my public IP anyway. I switched to OpenDNS to get faster service rather then rely on my ISP’s DNS server.
    I might be wrong and it only changes my computer’s Ip and not the public. But something else some might want to know about is that your MAC address can also leave a footprint as well, you CAN change that yourself to just about anything you want, or it at least worked for me on a Vista OS.

  27. John says:

    When I change it, it won’t connect to the internet. What should I change it to?

  28. Jammie says:

    I’m using a PPP wireless adapter card through a celluler company. I got banned for 24 hrs through a game server. I try to release my ip. It tells me that it needs to be elavated. No idea what that means. I type renew and it says the media is disconnected. The IP changes everytime I connect and disconnect from the internet. Yet it still detects me to keep me out during that 24 hrs. The puplic Ip changes everytime I reconnect right? It’s windows vista. I don’t know if it uses DCHP or not. Is just strange to me. I don’t think the Ip is leased seeing that it changes everytime i reconnect. Any ideas on what the case may be. Used to when I had cable i just release and renew. I believe it only blocked my computers Ip. The thing is i can change my public IP, but i can’t change my computers IP. Something about needs to be elevated and media disconnected.
    Please Help.

  29. Michael S. says:

    I do exactly whats there, and it tells me i have an un identified network… :S

  30. Eric W. says:

    Hey I got banned from dc++ because i didnt know i had to share anything but does anyone know if doing this will allow me back in i want to know before i try.Thanks.

  31. Jo G says:

    Hi, I have two home computers networked via a 4 port router. If I change the IP address with this method on one computer, will it cause problems with the other? Both are running on vista, but one is for gaming and one is my work laptop (the one I’m wanting to change the IP address). Thanks so much.

  32. chris says:

    hey lets say i use my ip adress for sumthing like a survey but if u do it again u wil get banned but if i change my ip adrres willl i still get banned if i do it again???

    • Brent Trahan says:

      You can only change your private IP address (the IP of the computer in your LAN). The survey is taking note of your public IP (your internet modem’s IP) which you can’t change.

      So changing your computer’s IP won’t make you look like a different person filling out the survey.

  33. Jason says:

    Hey Brent, thanks for the great post…… I have a question for you, I play online poker and when I signed up they didnt have the same offers they have now on rakeback. I get nothing on my rakeback and i’m throwing away thousands of dollars…. What do I need to change on my computer in order to “hide who I was”? Is it only my public IP or do I need to change other stuff too? And I did read where you said I have no control over my public but is it possible for me to ask my internet provider to change this for me?

  34. Lewis says:

    Quick question, at 8 do i type the numbers in the picture or the numbers that show up on my CMD?


  35. Nice piece of information your blog got there. hey Brent, I’m really confused about the whole thing though I understand partials of the blog, but can you give me an idea on how to do it? I really wanna learn so I could immediately change it. so sorry I’m a slow learner.

  36. Shaon says:

    Wow! I was just trying to find out how to change my ip in vista. Thanks for a good article.

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