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How to set a static ip address in Windows

ComTech: IT Support Stirling

Today I will show you how to add a static ip address to a Windows installation.  For this tutorial I am using Windows 7 but the steps are the same for either Vista, 8 or any server variant.

First thing we need to do is find out what the subnet mask, dns servers and default gateway are for your network.  Open up a command prompt and type:

ipconfig /all

This will bring up a lot of information about your network.  Locate the lines for DNS servers, subnet mask and default gateway and write down the information.  We will need this later.

Next open up Control Panel and go to Network and Sharing Sharing Centre.  Click on Change Adapter Settings and then right click on the connection you want to configure and go to properties.  The Local Area Connection Properties box should appear.  Locate and click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click on properties.

On the following page click Use the following IP address and enter the details you jotted down earlier.  Remember to set the ip address to the static one you require.  Do the same for the DNS server addresses.  Close down the pages and reboot.  Your computer should now have the static ip address you configured but remember to check by using ipconfig in the command prompt.

About the Author


Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

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4 thoughts on “How to set a static ip address in Windows

  1. Every computer has an address which is usually given out by dhcp (in most cases given by your router). A dhcp address can change (usually every 7 days) so if you want to connect to a computer over a network you won’t be able to find it. This is where static ip addresses come in. A static ip address is a fixed address which doesn’t change. This means your computer will always have the same address which makes it easier to find. So you don’t need a static addresses for everyday use but you will need one if you intend to access data across a network.

  2. Can you please explain why I need to set static ip addresses? I have never done this and my computer works fine.

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