How to Use the NETSH Command to Change from Static IP Address to DHCP in Windows 2000

This article applies to Windows 2000. Support for Windows 2000 ends on July 13, 2010. The Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center is a starting point for planning your migration strategy from Windows 2000. For more information see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy.


You can use the netsh command in Windows 2000 to script the process of changing a computer from a static Internet Protocol (IP) address to Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) or vice versa. The netsh command accomplishes this task without the need to restart the computer. This feature is particularly useful for laptops that move from one environment to another, when it is necessary to use statically assigned IP addresses at one location and DHCP assigned IP addresses at another.

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To switch the specified adapter from a static address to DHCP, type the following command:

netsh interface ip set address "Local Area Connection" dhcp
NOTE: Typing this command changes the interface named "Local Area Connection" to DHCP.

To display all of the adapters in the computer with their current IP addresses to determine the correct adapter name, type the following command:

Netsh interface ip show config
To change to a static address, type the following command:

netsh interface ip set address "Local Area Connection" static ipaddr subnetmask gateway metric
NOTE: Replace ipaddr with the static IP address, subnetmask with the subnet mask, gateway with the default gateway and, if necessary, metric with the appropriate metric. The following example changes the interface "Local Area Connection" to a static address of with a subnet mask of, and the interface has a default gateway of with a metric of 1:

netsh interface ip set address "Local Area Connection" static 1

Article ID: 257748 - Last Review: Dec 16, 2009 - Revision: 1