Renewing a computer's IP address

Why do I need to renew my computer’s IP address?
 
If you are having difficulty in connecting to the network, you may not be getting a valid IP address from your router.  One such instance is when you are getting a self-assigned IP address such as an IP address which starts with 169 (e.g. 169.254.x.x).  Renewing the IP address will allow your computer to request a new IP address from a DHCP server such as a router.  You have to release your current IP address so you will be able to get a new one.
 
Select from the list of operating systems listed below for specific instructions on how to renew your computer's IP address:


Windows 10 
Windows 8/8.1
Windows 7/Vista
Windows XP

NOTE:  Before renewing your IP address, make sure that your computer is connected to the router either wired or wirelessly.
 
Windows 10
 
Step 1:
Right-click on the Windows key then select Command Prompt.
 
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Step 2:
In the Command Prompt, enter “ipconfig/release” then press [Enter] to release your computer’s current IP address.
 
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You will see that the Ethernet adapter section is now void of numerical values.
 
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Step 3:
Enter “ipconfig/renew” then press [Enter] to renew your computer’s IP address.
 
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Windows 8/8.1
 
Step 1:
Press the Windows User-added image key on your keyboard and then enter “command prompt” to display the Command Prompt shortcut.  A search box on right side of the screen will appear.
 
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Step 2:
Click Command Prompt.
 
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Step 3:
In the Command Prompt, enter “ipconfig /release” then press [Enter] to release your computer’s current IP address.
 
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Step 4:
Enter “ipconfig /renew” then press [Enter] to renew your computer’s IP address.
 
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Windows 7/Vista
 
Step 1:
Click the Pearl User-added image button, enter “cmd” on the Search bar, then click the cmd result.
 
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Step 2:
On the command prompt, enter “ipconfig/release” then press [Enter] then enter “ipconfig/renew” and press [Enter] again.
 
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Windows XP
 
Step 1: 
Click Start > Run.  In the Run window, enter “cmd” then click OK.
 
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Step 2:    
On the command prompt, enter “ipconfig/release” then press [Enter].

 
Step 3: 
Once the IP address becomes 0.0.0.0, enter “ipconfig/renew” then press [Enter].
 
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If you’re having trouble renewing the IP address, check the computer’s connection to the Internet by opening up a new website or doing a ping test.  To know how, click here.
 
Connecting more devices
 
After renewing your computer's IP address and ensuring active Internet connection, you can now connect other wireless devices to the network.  Wireless mobile phones and gaming consoles are very easy to configure as long as you know the wireless settings of your router.  Click on the corresponding links below for detailed instructions.

iPhone®
iPod®
iPad®
Android™ smartphone
BlackBerry® 
Xbox 360®
PS3™
 
 

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