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Configuring your Windows computer to obtain an IP address automatically

In Windows, you can configure your computer to obtain an IP address automatically by completing the appropriate steps below:

Windows 8.x, 7, and Vista

  1. Navigate to the Control Panel.

    Note: For help navigating, see Getting around in Windows.

  2. Double-click Network and Internet or Network and Sharing Center.

  3. From the list of tasks on the left, click Change adapter settings (Windows 8.x and 7), or Manage network connections (Vista).

  4. For a wired network connection, right-click Local Area Connection, and select Properties.

    For a wireless network connection, right-click Wireless Network Connection, and select Properties.

  5. From the Networking tab, make sure Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) is checked, and then click Properties.

  6. Select Obtain an IP Address Automatically, and then click OK.

Windows XP

Important: As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP with security updates. To ensure the highest security standards, the UITS Support Center no longer registers Windows XP devices to the IU network. UITS strongly recommends that you look into the options for replacing or upgrading your Windows XP computers for full compatibility with IU systems. See About end of life for Windows XP.

  1. From the Start menu, select Settings, and then Control Panel.

    Note: For help navigating, see Getting around in Windows.

  2. Double-click Network Connections.

  3. For a wired network connection, right-click Local Area Connection, and select Properties.

    For a wireless network connection, right-click Wireless Network Connection, and select Properties.

  4. From the General tab, make sure Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is checked, and then click Properties.

  5. Select Obtain an IP Address Automatically, and then click OK.