Checking the IP address of a computer with Windows operating system

Checking the IP address of the computer allows you to verify if the computer is getting a valid IP address from the router.  You have to check the TCP/IP properties of the Ethernet Adapter installed on the computer.

For instructions, please select from the options below for specific instructions on various operating systems:
 
Windows 10
Windows 8/8.1
Windows 7/Vista
Windows XP
 
Windows 10
 
Step 1:
Right-click on the Windows key then select Command Prompt.
 
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Step 2:
On the Command Prompt, enter “ipconfig/all” then press [Enter].
 
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Step 3: 
Check your computer’s IP address in the IPv4 Address section.
 
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NOTE:  They should have the same first three (3) octets as the Default Gateway.
 
If your computer is getting a 0.0.0.0 or 169.254.xxx.xxx IP address, you need to release and renew your IP address.  For instructions, click here.
 
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:
On the Command Prompt, enter “ipconfig/all” then press [Enter].
 
Step 4: 
Check your computer’s IP address in the IPv4 Address section.
 
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NOTE:  They should have the same first three (3) octets as the Default Gateway.
 
If your computer is getting a 0.0.0.0 or 169.254.xxx.xxx IP address, you need to release and renew your IP address.  For instructions, click here.
 
Windows 7/Vista
 
Step 1:
Click the Pearl User-added image button located at the bottom-left corner of the screen and in the Start Search enter “command prompt”, then press [Enter].
 
Step 2: 
On the Search Programs and Files bar, enter “command prompt”, then press [Enter].
 
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Step 3:
On the Command Prompt, enter “ipconfig/all” then press [Enter].
 
Step 4: 
Check your computer’s IP address in the IPv4 Address section.
 
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NOTE:  They should have the same first three (3) octets as the Default Gateway. 
 
If your computer is getting a 0.0.0.0 or 169.254.xxx.xxx IP address, you need to release and renew your IP address.  For instructions, click here.
 
Windows XP 
 
Step 1: 
Click Start then click Run.
 
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Step 2: 
When the Run window opens, enter “cmd” in the Open field then click OK.
 
Step 3:    
In the Command Prompt window, enter “ipconfig/all” then press [Enter].
 
Step 4: 
Check your computer’s IP Address.
 
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NOTE:  They should have the same first three (3) octets as the Default Gateway.
  
If your computer is getting a 0.0.0.0 or 169.254.xxx.xxx IP address, you need to release and renew your IP address.  For instructions, click here.

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