How to Force an IP Change


Many Internet Service Providers use Dynamic IP addresses for residential connections. A Dynamic IP address is an IP address assigned to a specific computer on a network for the duration of its connection. Because of today's 'always on' broadband connections, this IP address rarely changes. Knowing how to force-change your IP address can solve issues that might have prevented you from properly viewing or using websites, or from using saved form entries.

Things You'll Need

  • Administrator Account
  • Locate the Command Prompt program in your Windows Programs list, found in the start menu. Right click the Command Prompt program entry and click 'Run as Administrator' in the resulting menu.

  • Enter your administrator password if prompted. Click OK to continue running Command Prompt as administrator.

  • Use the command 'ipconfig /release' without the quotes to release your IP address. Use the command 'ipconfig /renew', again without the quotes, to obtain a new IP address after you have released your previous IP.

Tips & Warnings

  • Under Windows Vista and Windows 7 you can find the Command Prompt by typing 'cmd' in the Start menu's search box.

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