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How is an IP address reset in Windows?

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Resetting a computer's IP address in a Windows operating system environment involves accessing the command prompt and typing in a command that tells the operating system to reset and change the IP. There are also programs available that can be downloaded that will change the Internet or network IP address with a simple click of the mouse.

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There are several reasons why someone might want to change their IP address, such as added security, conflicts with other devices using the same IP, or to access an otherwise blocked site from a network. Follow the steps below to reset and change an IP address using Windows operating systems. In order for the steps to work, the user must be logged on as the system administrator.

  1. Reset the IP in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 operating systems
  2. On the Start screen type "CMD." In the search results, right click "Command Prompt" and then click "Run as Administrator." At the command prompt, type "netsh int ip reset c:resetlog.txt" and then restart the computer.

  3. Reset the IP in Windows 7 and Windows Vista operating systems
  4. Click "Start" and type "CMD" into the search box. Under "Programs," right click on the "CMD.exe" icon and click "Run as Administrator." Type "yes" into the User Account Control Box. Enter "netsh int ip reset c:resetlog.txt" and restart the computer.

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