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Assign a static IP address on Windows 8

Issue

Change an IP address on Windows 8 to a static address.

Product Line

Other

Environment

Windows 8

Cause

Changing the IP address of a PC is often done to ensure it resides on the same subnet and network as the system or devices it is trying to communicate with.

Resolution

  1. From the Start Menu (Tiles), open the Charms bar by moving the mouse to the right bottom corner of the screen or press the Windows Key + C and click on Search.
  2. Highlight Settings.
  3. In the Search box type Network to search for any network related options
  4. From the list options choose Network and Sharing Center.
  5. From the View Your Active Networks section, select Local Area Connection.
  6. Go to Properties. Result: The Local Area Connection Properties screen appears.
  7. Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on PropertiesResult: The Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties screen appears.
  8. Click Use the following IP address.
  9. Complete the configuration fields as shown below. This part of the configuration requires attention to detail, because one error will prevent you from getting on the network. Be sure you have this information at hand when you start to configure the TCP/IP protocol:
    • IP Address: x.x.x.x
    • Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
    • Default gateway: x.x.x.x 
  10. Enter these numbers in the appropriate fields and click OK.
  11. Continue to click OK or Close as appropriate until you return to the Network Connections screen. The Local Area Connection icon text should now say "Enabled".

To test the new IP address:

  1. Open a command prompt in Windows 8
  2. Swipe to show apps screen
  3. Scroll down and locate Windows system section heading
  4. Under Windows system, press or click on Command Prompt (a new Command Prompt window will open up on the Desktop.)
  5. You then can type in IPCONFIG then hit Enter and look for the new IPV4 address.
  6. You can also try to type in PING (IP ADDRESS) that should reply with the new IPV4 address if set correctly.
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