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There are various ways to change your IP address. But which one will work for you is entirely dependent on which OS you are using and which type of your existing IP address is (static/dynamic). With the help of this write-up, you can learn how to change an IP address. In Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7, and 8 you can change it using command prompt.

What to do if you have a static IP address?

Static IP Address

You can’t change your static IP address without contacting your ISP. Although it’s very rare that an ISP would assign you a static IP without some sort of increased level of service like a business account, but it’s not impossible. However, it is possible that an ISP can set a lengthy lease time for your IP address and make it look like that you’ve assigned a static IP. So if you have a long lease time on your IP then without leaving your modem or router unplugged for a long period of time (more than 8 hours), or without cloning your MAC address, you may not be able to change your IP address.

Now it’s important to know what is an IP Address Lease Time?

An IP lease time is the amount of time determined by your ISP that you’ll be assigned a particular IP. IP lease times may vary from a couple of hours to a few days, or as long as a year or more. It is completely dependent to your ISP.

If you don’t have long IP address lease time, one of the easier ways to change your IP address is to turn off your modem/router/computer overnight. Then turn it back in morning.

The trailing method will only work if your system is being assigned your external IP and not a router.

Follow these steps to know if your computer is being assigned the external IP.

If your connection is direct to your system and instead of router, your computer gets the public then you can try this:

For Windows 2000, XP, and 2003:

  1. Click Start then Click Run
  2. Type in cmd and click OK (to open a Command Prompt)
  3. Type ipconfig /release and press Enter
  4. Click Start, Control Panel, and open Network Connections
  5. Find the active Local Area Connection and Right click then choose Properties
  6. Double-click on the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
  7. Now click on use the following IP address
  8. Enter a false IP like 123.123.124.124
  9. Press Tab and the Subnet Mask section will colonize with default numbers
  10. Now click OK twice
  11. Again right click the active Local Area Connection and select Properties
  12. Double-click on the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
  13. Choose the option obtain an IP address automatically
  14. Click OK twice
  15. To see if you have a new IP address Go to What Is My IP

For Windows Vista:

  1. Click Start
  2. To expand the Accessories menu, click All Programs
  3. In the Accessories menu, Right Click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator
  4. Type ipconfig /release and press Enter
  5. Click Start, Control Panel, and open Network and Sharing Center. Depending on your settings, before seeing Network and Sharing Center icon, you may have to click Network and Internet
  6. On the left, from the Tasks menu, select Manage Network Connections
  7. Find active Local Area Connection and Right click on the select Properties (If you’re click with a UAC prompt, select Continue)
  8. Double-click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  9. Now click on Use the following IP address
  10. Enter a false IP like 123.123.124.124
  11. Press Tab and the Subnet Mask section, it will return the pool of default numbers
  12. Click OK twice
  13. Again right click the active Local Area Connection and select Properties
  14. Double-click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  15. Select the option obtain an IP address automatically
  16. Click OK twice
  17. Go to What Is My IP to check if you have a new IP address

For Windows 7 and 8:

  1. “Go to Start” > “All Programs” > “Accessories” and right click on “Command Prompt” and then select the option “Run as Administrator”
  2. Right click on “cmd.exe” and then select “Run as Administrator”
  3. Alternatively, you can simply do this:
  4. “Start” > “Run” and type “cmd” (without quotes)
  5. Type “ipconfig /release”
  6. Type “ipconfig /renew”
  7. Now go to “Start” > “Control Panel”
  8. Left click on “Network and Internet” and then choose “Network and Sharing Center”.
  9. On the left side, select “Change adapter settings”
  10. Right click on your network card and from the drop-down select “Properties”
  11. Select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” or “Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)” under the “Networking” tab choose and then click on “Properties”
  12. In the next window you will see two options “Obtain an IP Address Automatically” and “Use the following IP Address”
  13. Almost always to select “Obtain an IP Address Automatically” to change IP address automatically.
  14. Then, click on “OK”. Your IP address should be changed

Another method is Network Method to change your IP address, follow these steps:

  1. Type in the address like 192.168.1.1 in your browser’s address bar.
  2. Enter your password. Use the factory default password of “admin.” if you have not chosen a password, in this case any username is not required.
  3. Release the IP address. (Method may vary according to your router manufacturer)
  4. Go to status.
  5. Click DHCP Release.
  6. Go to Mac Address clone on the blue bar Under Setup in the grey bar.
  7. Now click enable, then click clone pcs Mac address and save settings.
  8. Unplug the modem, while keeping the router plugged in.
  9. With the modem unplugged, go to status.
  10. Click DHCP renew.
  11. Plug in modem.
  12. Wait for a while and press refresh. Your changed IP address will be reflect.

Natalie Green is an experienced technical content writer. She is working with a computer repair service provider company and likes to write unique and informative articles on latest technology and apps. In this article she discuss about email address tracing tips and tricks. Keep in touch with her to know more tips and tricks about data recovery and virus removal servies.