ARCHIVED: Specifying your Windows computer's IP address
Your computer's IP address is assigned to you, whether it is dynamically assigned by a network server (DHCP), or physically by your network administrator. It is a good idea to make sure you know what your IP address should be before following these steps, and you may need administrative rights over your computer to effect changes. If you are uncertain, contact your network administrator.
Note: At Indiana University, the University Information Security Office (UISO) recommends that you normally refrain from running your Windows computer as an administrator. For more, see What is the principle of least privilege?
To manually configure your computer's IP address, follow the appropriate steps below.
- Open Network Connections:
- In Windows 8, 7, and Vista, in the notification area (in
Desktop view in Windows 8), right-click the network connection
icon and select
Open Network and Sharing Center.
In Windows XP, from the
Startmenu, open the Control Panel.
- In Windows 8 and 7, click
Change adapter settings.
In Vista, click
Manage Network Connections.
In XP, double-click
- In Windows 8, 7, and Vista, in the notification area (in Desktop view in Windows 8), right-click the network connection icon and select
- Choose the connection or adapter for which you want to set the
IP address, if applicable. In a large majority of cases, this is
Local Area Connectionor
Wireless Network Connection. Double-click it to open the connection.
- In the connection status box, click
- Click to highlight
Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)(in XP,
Internet Protocol TCP/IP), and then click
Use the following IP address, and enter your computer's IP address. You will also need to enter your subnet mask and default gateway; if you are uncertain of these settings, contact your network administrator.
OKagain to save your settings.