Configure TCP/IP In Vista

When it comes to configuring TCP/IP addressing on your, you need to know that IP addresses can be dynamic or static. In other words, your computer can be assigned an IP address from a server running the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) service or you can manually configure a static IP address yourself. You will likely be using a DHCP server, which means you won’t have to make any configuration changes. Your network administrator or ISP will indicate whether you need to put in a static IP address and what parameters to use.

To configure a static IP address on your Windows Vista computer:

  1. Click Start and click Control Panel.
  2. Select Network and Internet, then Network and Sharing Center, and click Manage network connections from the list of tasks.
  3. Right click your local area connection and click Properties.
  4. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) from the list and click the Properties button.
  5. Select Use the following IP address.
  6. Enter in the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway information provided to you.
  7. Enter in the IP address of the DNS servers your computer will use.
  8. Click OK.

[tags]tcp ip, vista, internet connection, ip address, static, dynamic[/tags]

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  1. Pete says:

    Interesting that the RC1 auto configured the TCP/IP but in RC2, I have to manually configure.
    This is going through a router only.

  2. David Bird says:

    I’m commenting against this article because it’s convenient but I could have done so against so very many articles I have come across.

    I see Lockergnome as being informative at the right level, from Joe Public all the way up to the out and out business techie, which is another reason for commenting here.

    Over the past couple of months I have seen so very many “Do this in Vista,” “Do that with Vista” articles and yet the product doesn’t ship to businesses until November and the rest of us until January – assuming Microsoft keep to their targets.

    Where will all these useful items be when Vista actually ships and you need them?

    I can’t see many people, who will need them, thinking of archiving them now as they first appear and therefore I would like to make a request.

    Could Lockergnome gather them all in one place under the heading of “Everything You Really Need To Know To Make Vista Work The Way You Need It To” and then when Vista ships post a pointer to it or even issue it as an e-book. I won’t even charge royalties if you use my title for the book :-)

    P.S. If you think this comment should be posted elsewhere then you have my permission to move it but please let me know where as I would be very interested in all – if any – responses. Thank you.

  3. Bill says:

    2. Select “Network and Internet”
    This does not exist.

  4. Bill says:

    3. Right click your local area connection and click Properties.
    This does not exist.

  5. Sandeep Kapadane says:

    i have one dhcp server, 10 windows xp pro all 10 computer is configure to obtenip automatically . My dhcp server provied ip address ,subnet , default gateway and dns setteing to all 10 computer. now My sir purchase one new Laptop with windows vista i configure it to obtanip automaticaly My dhcp server provied only ip but not given gateway and dns setteint what should i do for it pls help

  6. Usethistoregister says:

    I recently hooked up a network to my Vista, and now my Vista(obtain an IP address automatically), keeps losing connectivity. I have heard(?) that this is a ‘known issue’, but I cannot find a fix. The Linksys router hands out IP address, and Vista just sometimes drops it. It reconnects when I perform a restart, but this is a hassle. I am open to any suggestions. Reply to [email protected] Thanks.

  7. Pancho says:

    Install new drivers for your …. thats what i did and it fixed it.

  8. shaik aleem says:

    it is nice guide//but with map of cist it is veary nice

  9. Brian Pence says:

    I use vista and have no problems with dhcp

  10. zaki ahmad says:


  11. trent says:

    3. Right click your local area connection and click Properties.
    This does not exist.

    youre hosed.

  12. Mark says:

    I followed along everything worked, except connecting to the internet itself. It finally recognized what I was connecting to but didn’t get the internet.

  13. ashwani says:

    i am not getting local area connection and Properties. inma vista window plz help me out

  14. Morris says:

    You can try following these instructions if you can’t see Local area connections. :