Change TCP/IP settings

Applies to: Windows 10Windows 8.1Windows 7

TCP/IP defines how your PC communicates with other PCs.

To make it easier to manage TCP/IP settings, we recommend using automated Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). DHCP automatically assigns Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to the computers on your network if your network supports it. If you use DHCP, then you don't have to change your TCP/IP settings if you move your PC to another location, and DHCP doesn't require you to manually configure TCP/IP settings, such as Domain Name System (DNS) and Windows Internet Name Service (WINS).

Windows 10

To enable DHCP or change other TCP/IP settings

  1. Select Start , then select Settings  > Network & Internet .
  2. Do one of the following:
    • For a Wi-Fi network, select Wi-Fi  > Manage known networks. Choose the network you want to change the settings for, then select Properties.
    • For an Ethernet network, select Ethernet , then select the Ethernet network you’re connected to. 
  3. Under IP assignment, select Edit.
  4. Under Edit IP settings, select Automatic (DHCP) or Manual.
    • When you select Automatic (DHCP), the IP address settings and DNS server address setting are set automatically by your router or other access point (recommended).
    • When you select Manual, you can manually set your IP address settings and DNS server address.
  5. When you’re done, select Save.