Assign a static IP address in Windows 7

Date: April 8th, 2011
Author: Stefan Batanov

When it comes to home networks it is often harder to use DHCP than to give each PC its own IP address. In contrast DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) uses a different model – each computer requests an IP each time it is started.

For small networks using static IPs makes IP management a lot easier and fixing problems associated with a given machine is done faster because you don’t have to always check what IP it is assigned.

To set a static IP to in Windows 7, you first have to open the Network and Sharing Center. Enter network and sharing in the Start menu searchbox, wait for Network and Sharing Center to appear and select it:


Assign a static IP address in Windows 7

Network and Sharing Center will open:

Assign a static IP address in Windows 7

In the left-pane select Change adapter settings:

Assign a static IP address in Windows 7

Right-click on the desired connection and select Properties:

Assign a static IP address in Windows 7

A new window will open:

Assign a static IP address in Windows 7

Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on the Properties button:

Assign a static IP address in Windows 7

A new window will open:

Assign a static IP address in Windows 7

Select the radio button Use the following IP address:

Assign a static IP address in Windows 7

Now enter manually the IP address, Subnet mask, Default gateway and the Preferred and Alternate DNS servers.

Also enable the option Validate settings upon exit:

Assign a static IP address in Windows 7

Press OK to return the Connection Properties. Press OK to save your changes.

To check your settings you can enter the command ipconfig it the command prompt:

Assign a static IP address in Windows 7

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